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The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is now making plans for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month after the national women's bobsled team qualified for the Olympiad at the weekend.
This is the first time a women's team will be representing the nation at the Winter Olympics, and the feat comes 30 years after Jamaica's first overall experience at the Calgary Games in 1988.
Brakeman Carrie Russell said that qualifying for the women's bobsleigh event is one of the happiest moments of her life.
Russell, a member of Jamaica's gold medal-winning 4x100 women's relay team at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, is in her second season as a bobsledder, and said qualifying holds sentimental value for her, as it happened three years to the day her father died.
Her teammates are brakeman Audra Segree, who is another sprinter, and pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian.
Article Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20180115/jamaican-bobsledders-qualify-winter-olympics
Florette Blackwood, Senior Director, Sport Development and Monitoring Division in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (right) was on hand yesterday (Thursday) at the Norman Manley International Airport to welcome the group of seven coaches along with their team leader and translator.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The first set of coaches being provided to Jamaica by the People's Republic of China for seven sports arrived in Kingston yesterday afternoon.
The coaches are part of a three-year technical agreement signed between the two countries last year and will be aiding in the following sports:
• Synchronised swimming
• Basketball for females
• Football for females
• Volleyball for females
Speaking on behalf of the Sport Minister Olivia Grange, Permanent Secretary Denzil Thorpe told a reception held for the coaches that Jamaica intends to take full advantage of the project knowing that the athletes as well as the coaches and teachers will benefit through transfer of knowledge.
Thorpe noted that Jamaica is also grateful for the training equipment to be provided by China under the agreement.
The permanent secretary said congratulations were in order for the team that had been working with the ministry to ensure that this project of technical assistance in sport is indeed a reality.
He named the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade, the Sport Development Foundation and the GC Foster College of Sport and Physical Education.
The coaches will spend a month in Jamaica and the agreement also calls for 100 of the athletes in the programme and their local coaches to go to China mid-year.
Member of G C Foster College team, with assistant coach Linford Brown (left), pose with their medals after defeating Excelsior Community College 74-72 in Game Three at G C Foster College of Physical Education and Sports last week Saturday.
DEFENDING champions G C Foster College held off a late burst from Excelsior Community College to win a thrilling Game Three 74-72 to clinch the best-of-three series Inter-Collegiate Basketball League 2-1 at the G C Foster College of Physical Education and Sports in Spanish Town, St Catherine, last week Saturday.
G C Foster had won Game One 72-69 at G C Foster College, while EXED won Game Two 82-76 at EXED Community College.
The Linford Brown-coached G C Foster College traded baskets from the start with the Rohan Robinson-coached EXED, as it was an evenly contested first quarter, with the defending champions taking a 22-17 lead at the break.
In the second quarter EXED players, led by Kwame Lawrence, Nagash Cockburn, and Anthony White, gained quickly on their opponents by scoring some quick baskets, but at the half-time break they still trailed 33-40.
However, the victors encreased the lead at the end of the third break, holding an 11-point lead at 62-51, primarily through the efficiency of Michael Schloss, Nick-Caro Golding, and Deveraux Preston.
Staring defeat in the face, EXED launched another effort to get themselves back into contention, and almost did, as they drew level at 70 points apiece with 42 seconds remaining on the clock.
Lawrence had a glorious opportunity to put EXED ahead when he got two free throws, but somehow he conspired to miss them both, thus leaving the door ajar for G C Foster to barge through and win the game 74-72.
The principal scorers for G C Foster College were Schloss, with a game-high 26 points and four assists; Golding with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists; and Preston with 14 points, while for EXED Cockburn had 15 points and eight rebounds, Lawrence added 15 points, and White scored 11 points and had seven blocked shots.
Meanwhile, Mico University College defeated University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) 69-50 to clinch third place. Top scorers for Mico were Jerome Thomas with 23 points and nine rebounds, Keneill Allen with 12 points, while for UTech Alex Levy got 14 points and Shamrock Blackstone added 12 points.
Article Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/g-c-foster-beat-exed-74-72-to-retain-inter-collegiate-basketball-title_120715?profile=1511
Javari Thomas of St Jago High powering to victory in the Class Two boys 150 metres at yesterday's Gerald Claude Foster Over Distance meet at G.C. Foster College. Thomas clocked 16.60 seconds.
Holmwood Technical High dominated the girls' races at the second staging of the Gerald Claude Foster Over Distance meet at the G.C. Foster College yesterday, and coach Dave Anderson is a happy man.
"I'm very pleased with my team's performance, especially after we have been hampered by bad weather over the past two months," said Anderson.
Holmwood's girls swept the 150 metres events, with Monique Proudlove topping Class Four in 20.26 seconds. Saskieka Steele won Class Three in a meet record 18.42. Dyandra Gray took Class Two in 18.91, and Shanette Allison emerged fastest in Class One in 18.81.
The girls from Christiana also dominated the 300m, with Proudlove completing the Class Four double when she took the event in 42.40. Atoyah Wallace clocked 40.67 for top spot in Class Three, while Kishawna Wallace registered a record 39.38 in Class Two. Christine Irving also placed her name in the record books in Class One with a good 38.46. The women's 300m for clubs and colleges was won in a meet record 38.56 by Roneisha McGregor.
The boys' 150m saw Jerome Grant of Bridgeport High taking Class Three in 18.28 Javari Thomas of St Jago was fastest in Class Two with 16.60, while Junior Grant's 16.95 was enough to see Bridgeport emerging the winners of Class One.
In the boys' 300m, Holmwood's Tahj Hamm took Class Three in a record 38.34, while Zidane Brown of Glenmuir High also clocked a record 35.54 to win Class Two. Malik Smith of Bridgeport also got among the records with 34.32 to top Class One.