Although former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight Super Champion Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters is yet to formally decide whether he will fight as a featherweight (126 pounds) or super featherweight (130 pounds) this year, it is clear that the various controlling bodies have made up their minds that he is now in the higher weight class.Three of the major controlling bodies in professional boxing, who issued their rankings this week, have placed him in the super featherweight division.He is ranked No. 2 by the WBA, No. 6 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and No. 7 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). With these rankings, he can fight for any of these world titles, if his promoters Top Rank, led by Bob Arum, can get the respective champion to agree.Walters won the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 8, 2012 when he defeated Daulis Prescott here in Jamaica by way of a seventh round tko. After two successful defences of that title, he earned super champion status when he stopped Nonito Donaire on October 18, 2014 in the sixth round in Carson City, California. In his first scheduled defence as super champion, however, he faltered.ONE POUND OVERWEIGHTHe weighed in at 127 pounds for his title fight against Miguel Marriaga in New York on June 13, 2015, and that one pound overweight cost him his title and a possible million-dollar fight this year against WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko, which was in the making at that time. He went on to beat Marriaga decisively, however, by way of a unanimous decision, and his stocks remained high.On December 19 last year, he fought American Jason Sosa in the super featherweight, 130-pound class, which was seen as a test fight in that weight category. He looked good, but the fight was ruled a draw. The decision was a controversial one and most commentators stated emphatically that it was their opinion that Walters had won.Walters told The Gleaner after that fight that he felt comfortable fighting at 130 pounds, but also made the point that he could easily have fought at 126 that night. He said, recently, that he and his team would be making the decision early this year as to which weight class he will fight in.The decision seems to have been made for him.Ranked at No. 2 in the 130- pound class by the WBA, he is eligible to fight the Japanese champion in that division, Takashi Uchiyama, in the near future. Uchiyama, who is 36 years old and has a 24-0-1 record, made a successful title defence on December 31, by stopping Oliver Flores in the third round.Walters, who is 29 has a 26-0-1 record and told The Gleaner that he is confident that he will fight for a title early this year.
Looking back at last year’s schoolboy football season, Jamaica College (JC) re-emphasised its imprint on the competition by taking three successive Manning Cup titles. This is a distinction only once achieved in history.This columnist declares interest in that the previous occasion was the 1961, 1962, 1963 trot, started in his final year of a school which churned out three of the nation’s heads of state.Going into the final against perennial arch-rivals St George’s College was a challenge on mammoth proportions. The Jesuit school had rolled over the team from Old Hope Road in the Super Cup final, four goals to nil. In certain quarters, it was seen as humiliating.Take it as you choose, it was a tutorial in basic execution of brilliance, put on by coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-inspired boys in the lighter shade of blue.Coach Miguel Coley, in charge of the JC unit, had been distracted by national duties. However, there were going to be no excuses accepted in-house for that temporary break in his substantive role. The Catholics had to be turned back if a tradition of triumph was to be sustained.In an address to Old Boys’ recently, chief architect in the JC sporting structure and corporate giant, Ian Forbes, summed it up. Himself an old boy, he called the eventual, trophy-deciding one-nil performance as a message to the country.FIGHTING RIVALS”Whether in the classrooms, on the playing fields or in the corporate boardrooms, private or public sector, we must take the fight to our opposing rivals and not let them roll over or conquer us, no matter how frightening the task may be.”Call it late, as the track and field season has started and thoughts are on this Olympic Year. But it was inevitable that Foster’s Fairplay would, at some time, look back at that 4-0, crafted to put the boys from Hope in their place. As to how the comeback to take the Manning Cup, was orchestrated and executed, occupies this column, this week.Enter the passion, belief and commitment of coach Coley. Here was a man steeped in a sporting culture that saw him, at the youthful age of 17, playing basketball, cricket, volleyball, football and doing long jump at Intercol, while attending Mico Teachers College. In 2004, he was named Athlete of the Year. On the soccer field, he “had dreams of one day playing for Manchester United”.Armed with a degree in sports education and a diploma in English and physical education, he had understudied coaching exemplars in Barry Watson (Mile Gully High) and Alrick Clarke (Norman Manley High, where he coupled with teaching duties). Coley referred to Clarke in glowing terms.”I believe coach Clarke was (my) early mentor as he took me to assist him everywhere he coached.”It was in this period that the JC call had come. Given the resultant impact as he became absorbed in the Old Hope Road programme, it would be simple to merely say, ‘and the rest is history’.However, story of the 2015 ‘rise from the ashes’, 1-0, to turn back the St George’s College march, to greater glory, must be told.Coley reminisced. “The four-nil was a catastrophe. It was a tough night. I hadn’t slept based on what took place between Jamaica and Panama (a Reggae Boyz loss). I knew it would be a difficult game, but we were too open and we played right in the hands of a philosophy of outscoring your opponent, as the entire statistic favoured JC except the goal column.”SOUL SEARCHINGHe underwent a period of introspection. He described it as a time to “soul search, dig deep and become stronger as a man”. His confidence never waned.”I was happy that I had time to work with my players before the next game, and I knew things would be way different. But congrats to St George’s, they did what they had to do.”In order to “move from a four-nil”, he took full responsibility. So, “it’s not you, it’s me”, that was what was important.”What was good was that my management staff and school administration had so much belief in my ability to turn things around, and their support intensified. This was the moment for me to see champions brush themselves up and rise with pride.”Therein lay the passion that brought the turnaround. Coley ended the discourse on a special note.”We are one … Fervet family. Teamwork makes the dream work.”
SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP):Nico Rosberg kept the upper hand on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by setting the fastest time in yesterday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Formula One’s top team dominated again.Rosberg, who won the season-opening race in Australia and the final three races of last season, set a best time of 1 minute, 31.001 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton.”We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race,” Rosberg said.Mercedes was in a league of its own, with third-place Jenson Button of McLaren 1.3 seconds off Rosberg’s time. That was an encouraging performance for McLaren, which has been on a slow development path with engine partner Honda since last season.Ferrari, which appears to be Mercedes’ main challenger this season, was further off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed in sixth by Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to park the car trackside due to a loose nut on his left rear wheel late in the evening session.Ferrari believes it has better pace over longer runs than the brief bursts in practice and qualifying, and also demonstrated much better acceleration from the standing start than Mercedes in the season opener, yet Vettel recognised his rival’s strength.THE BENCHMARK”Mercedes are the benchmark. They have looked really competitive this afternoon and this evening, but hopefully, we can be a bit closer,” Vettel said. “The car feels all right. There’s bits and bobs we can improve.”Max Verstappen was fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, the Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo was seventh and ninth, respectively, and Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eight and 10th. Williams is set to use a redesigned front wing today.The heavily criticised rolling elimination format for qualifying will be used again today. The format resulted in an embarrassing anticlimax in the final Q3 session in Melbourne as teams sought to preserve tires rather than attempt to improve times. The teams met on race day in Australia and resolved to revert to last year’s qualifying system but could not unanimously agree at the F1 Commission on how to alter it, so rolling elimination remains.Renault driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a grid penalty after failing to stop and have his car weighed when directed to do so during yesterday’s evening practice session.
Promoted Portmore United have their sights set on finishing at least among the top two in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).A top-two finish will ensure that the club qualifies for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship next season. Manager Clive Marshall said yesterday that a return to the CFU championship could open doors to overseas contracts for the players.Speaking at yesterday’s weekly RSPL conference, which was held at the sponsors’ head office on Spanish Town Road, Marshall said: “We want players to get contracts overseas in order for them to be able to better their lives and help their families.”He added: “When the team got demoted two seasons ago, it was our aim to return to the RSPL then qualify for the CFU, and we remain on course for that.”I had also declared back then that the club would be back in top-flight football soon. And that was done,” he emphasised.Portmore finished the preliminary stage of the RSPL on 61 points and earned $1 million for that feat. They will face Humble Lion in the first leg of a two-way semi-final tie on Sunday at the Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon, starting at 3:30 p.m.The winners of the tie would be eligible to represent Jamaica in the CFU Club Championship next season.”Well, for us it is about focusing on the semi-finals against Humble Lion. We are confident and will go there for a positive result,” he said.Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens have won the most national titles with five each. With Tivoli out of contention this season, Portmore have the chance to go ahead by winning a record sixth national title.Montego Bay United and defending champions Arnett Gardens will meet in the other semi-final.
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Dino Williams continued his hot scoring form, netting a brace for leaders Montego Bay United, who halted Tivoli Gardens’ three-match winning run in the Red Stripe Premier League with a 2-0 win over the home team at Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Victory lifted the Montegonians two points clear and gave them sole leadership at the top of the standings on 17 points.Williams netted after just four minutes and added his second on 45 minutes for his eighth goal of the season.The striker, who has been nursing a groin injury for the last four weeks, capitalised on a mix up in defence to nod home the opener.Tivoli offered very little going forward in the first-half, with the visitors looking more threatening on the offensive and the speedy striker headed in from a corner just before the break to give his team a 2-0 lead at the interval.However, Williams did not return after half-time.”I am not 100 per cent fit, and as an injured player, to get two goals in a tough game, I can’t complain,” the 25-year-old national striker said after.”To come out and score two goals I have to give thanks, because every time you come out as a forward you want to score and to get two more today, to push my tally to eight, feels great … . So I have to just keep working hard, and each game I come out and see if I can do it for my team,” he continued.”When you are on a run, you know at some time you are going to go on a drought, so each time you play you just have to try to score. Sometime during the season the drought is going to come, so I just have to make sure I get as many in the first round to go into the second round,” he added.TRANSFORMEDAfter the break, Tivoli came out transformed and pinned their opponents in defence for half-hour. Junior Flemming was the main antagonist, taking right back Donovan Carey apart at will, but his teammates, especially Miguel Ricketts, failed to take advantage of his good work down the left.Although the intensity dropped after 75 minutes, Tivoli continue to threaten but could not find the net despite some near misses.MoBay moved two points clear of Portmore United, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Reno, which advanced to 12 points. Tivoli dropped to 11 points.MoBay’s coach, Timothy Hankinson, said the early goal gave them the start they wanted and the second put them on the path to victory.”Tivoli is a determined squad, they never gave up and we were fortunate to hold our goal clean. We are proud to find a way to be successful to this point, but we know there are a lot of challenges ahead,” he said.Tivoli’s coach, Christopher Bender, said: “The team wasn’t at it best and they needed to be for this contest.”Yesterday’s ResultsTivoli Gardens 0 MoBay United 2Reno 1 Portmore United 1Humble Lion 1 UWI FC 0Boys’ Town 1 Cavalier 0Arnett Gardens 1 Waterhouse 0Today’s game8:40 p.m. Harbour vs Rivoli United
Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the “duty of his generation”, Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men’s final which fired West Indies to victory over England and stressed that it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.”All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over,” Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.”There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.”The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy.”The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007, but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.Among these proposals are the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members and, according to the Report, “representative of a wide cross section of stakeholders and will determine policies and strategies and provide guidance for the development of West Indies cricket”.This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.West Indies cricket is being destroyed by “internal conflict and acrimony.”Without this reform, West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony,” he pointed out.”The golden monument we have all built as a tribute to our cultural tenacity and collective wisdom must come first. This is your task, Mr President. It’s a duty of your generation.”Noticeably, Sir Hilary made no reference to the most recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Report, which last year called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.Speaking last November after the report was made public, Sir Hilary said he believed institutions like UWI and the WICB needed to be “preserved for posterity”, but also adapt to changing times.- CMC
Past The Finishing PostTrack Good Weather: FineRace 1 1820 M (Purse $560,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #6 RAISING THE BAR HPottinger2 51.02. #7 TASHIE BABY AntThomas4 50.0 8L*3. #3 SWEET DIMENSION JPatterson2 52.0 Sh.Head4. #4 STERRI’S CHOICE JJackson 53.0 7/1 41/2WIN: $404.00PLACE: $173.00, $65.00, $404.00Final Time : 1:59.0 Splits : 27.0, 52.0, 1:17.2, 1:44.0Winner : 4yo b filly – MARKET RALLY – RUNIN ON EMPTYTrainer : ROHAN GORDON Owner : ROHAN GORDONBred by DAVID WILLERSQu: $2,034.00 Ex: $3,401.00Trifecta: $1,584.00WINNIE ANGLIN MEMORIAL CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES1. #1 DON’T BLUSH BABE AntThomas4 54.02. #5 LAWS OF THE CODE HLewis 54.0 3-1/4L*3. #2 VICE ROYALTY ARobles 52.0 3/4L4. #6 EMPRESS CHEYENNE SEllis 53.5 2-1/2LLate scratch : #8 PRINCESS BRIANNAWIN: $166.00PLACE: $81.00, $94.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 24.2, 48.0Winner : 2yo b filly – TWILIGHT TIME – HISHI BLOSSOMTrainer : NORMAN PALMER Owner : HAM STABLES LIMITED (COMPANY)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $439.00 Ex: $487.00D/E: $1,316.00 (6-8) $234.00Superfecta: $488.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP(NW2)CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE JUNE 1*1. #1 VALLEY OF QUEENS DDawkins2 51.02. #3 WICKED TUFF LSteadman2 53.5 6L3. #2 STAROFTHETOWN AndreePowell4 48.0 3/4L4. #8 BALA BAD GAL LINKS AChatrie 52.0 5LLate scratch : #4 GRAND TRAIN, #7 DANISH BROWNWIN: $71.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 4yo filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – HONOR CODETrainer: ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by DR. ATHOL MORGANQu: $148.00 Ex: $123.00D/E : (1-1) $190.00Superfecta: $214.00Rolling Triple: $3,436.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)*1. #1 CLEARLY OURS BebHarvey2 53.52. #8 BARS OF GOLD OWalker 57.0 1-3/43. #5 HE’STHEREAL LINKS RHalledeen 55.0 7L4. #4 COPPERFIELD LSteadman2 55.0 3/4LWIN: $107.00PLACE: $66.00, $83.00, 4351.00Final Time : 1:14.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.0Winner : 6yo b mare – STORM CRAFT – HEAR ME CLEARLYTrainer : GREGORY FORSYTH Owner : GREGORY FORSYTHBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $211.00 Ex: $471.00D/E: $181.00Superfecta: $2,567.00Rolling Triple: $506.00GOVERNOR GENERAL’S STAKESRace 5 2000 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. #5 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 51.5*2. #3 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OWalker 56.0 4L3. #6 SUPERLUMINAL PFrancis 50.5 1-1/2L4. #4 TARANIS OEdwards2 50.0 8LWIN: $124.00Final Time : 2:08.3 Splits : 25.4, 53.0, 1:15.4, 1:39.3Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $97.00 Ex: $210.00D/E: $367.00Trifecta: $61.00Rolling Triple: $294.00Race 6 1600 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #7 OUR CREATION DDawkins2 53.02. #3 CHEERS JPatterson2 51.0 3L3. #1 JESSIE JAMES LSteadman2 54.0 Neck4. #8 BLESSEDNESS AChatrie 54.0 2-3/45. #2 NO MONEY FRIEND ARobles 55.0 2L6. #6 MINNIFFIA JJackson 52.0 4-1/2LLate scratch : #4 DOC HOLIDAYWIN: $170..00PLACE: $99.00, $116.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:41.0 Splits : 24.1, 47.0, 1:12.3Winner : 7yo gr horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – IBELIEVEITSOURSTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner: MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by TREVOR BROWNQu: $589.00 Ex: $1,476.00D/E: $686.00 (5-4) $105.00Trifecta: $683.00Hit-6: $69,667.00Rolling Triple: $2,470.00Super-6: $37,731.00Race 7 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 UNRULY TEXAS DDawkins2 50.0*2. #7 FIERY PATH BebHarvey2 52.5 4L3. #6 FREE RANGE ARobles 53.0 7L4. #5 QUEENOFSAINTROSE JErwin 53.5 4LWIN: $359.00PLACE: $101.00, $66.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:41.3 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – WILD FIRETrainer : MICHAEL MCINTOSH Owner : TEXAS CREWBred by RENTALS & MORE LTD.Qu: $804.00 Ex: $1,361.00D/E : (7-4) $1,229.00Trifecta: $1,757.00Rolling Triple: $5,914.00Pick-4: $19,468.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #1 ZEEGAR RHalledeen 54.02. #4 SHARP SKIRT JInnis3 49.0 7L*3. #3 PRINCE KAMALI JPatterson2 52.0 1-1/2L4. #9 TOP EAGLE RLahoe 54.0 2-3/4L5. #7 CLASSY BUTCHER ARobles 52.0 NeckWIN: $263.00PLACE: $115.00, $100.00, $66.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – ‘S MARVELOUSTrainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner: GOLDEN STABLESBred by CLAYON ROWEQu: $1,942.00 Ex: $2,924.00D/E: $3,670.00Trifecta: $2,065.00Hi-5: $4,961.00Rolling Triple: $16,820.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. #2 BAY COMMANDER DDawkins2 49.02. #6 WARTIME HPottinger2 50.5 3-1/2L3. #3 GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 51.0 1-3/4L*4. #4 JDA JInnis3 49.0 3-1/2L5. #7 GLYDER CBudhai 50.5 1-3/4LWIN: $569.00PLACE: $153.00, $102.00, $87.00Final Time : 1:32.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.2, 1:12.1,Winner : 3yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – MISS FINANCIATrainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner : GOLDEN STABLESBred by CLAYON ROWEQu: $3,485.00 Ex: $11,983.00D/E: $1,314.00Trifecta: $6,645.00Hi-5: $15,262.00Rolling Triple: $37,751.00PlacePot 8: $40,353.00ERROL “BIG SUB” SUBRATIE MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 10 1600 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. #1 BLUE DIXIE PFrancis 50.02. #2 TYPEWRITER AChatrie 56.0 1/2L*3. #7 PINELOPE DDawkins2 49.0 1/2L4. #5 TIMEFORARMS BebHarvey2 53.0 5-1/2LLate scratch : #4 ORIGINAL TRAINWIN: $265.00PLACE: $77.00, $59.00, $57.00Final Time : 1:37.0 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, 1:10.2Winner : 3yo b filly – SKY MESA – DIXIELAND BULLTrainer: GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICDON RACINGBred by CAROLE & JOHN RIO, MIKE SIDO & DR. LAURA SUROVI SIVOQu: $415.00 Ex: $961.00D/E: $9,452.00Superfecta: $844.00Rolling Triple: $41,035.00Race 11 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #1 DILIGENT ARobles 54.02. #6 CORALANDO ISpence 54.0 3-1/2L3. #10 MAJOR FORCE AntThomas4 50.0 7-1/2L4. #5 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 50.0 1-1/45. #7 BROOKLYN PFrancis 52.0 1-1/2LWIN: $336.00PLACE: $147.00, $108.00, $166.00Final Time : 1:40.3 Splits : 24.4, 48.2, 1:13.3Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – BACHELOR OF ARTSTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner: PATRICK LYNCHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $566.00 Ex: $614.00D/E: $2,178.00Trifecta: $1,417.00Hi-5: $77,189.00Rolling Triple: $66,795.00Pick-4: $166,292.00 (4/4)Super-6: $163,077.60 (5/6)Carry-over : $1,467,699.18Pick-9: $14,156.00 (7/9); $277.50 (6/9)Carry-over : $1, 806,055.60
Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, Handel Lamey, is throwing full support behind his sport’s standard bearer Alia Atkinson, who he is hoping will win her second RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award next month. The prestigious annual awards ceremony will be held on January 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Two years ago, Atkinson, 28, won her sport’s first national award since Belinda Phillips’ 1974 nod. According to Lamey, the only blemish on Atkinson’s high-calibre performances this year was her failure to medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year, but he was quick to underline her impact on the sport both locally and internationally, pointing to her as a worthy candidate. “I think she is a very strong candidate for this year being that she (equalled the) 100m world record, (set a new) 50m world record and the only thing is that she did not achieve an Olympic medal, but in terms of performances, she has done exceedingly well,” the ASAJ boss told The Gleaner yesterday. Atkinson, who won three medals at the Short Course (SC) World Championships recently and broke the 50m breaststroke SC world record, will be looking to upstage a high-level field which favours double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, who is looking for her first hold on the award. TREMENDOUS IMPACT Locally, Lamey describes to the swimmer’s impact as tremendous, noting that the she has now become a household name and continues to lift the sport in a positive light. “It’s a big deal for us, considering that she has been the only swimmer in a long time that has won the award,” said Lamey. “She is very good to have been nominated on so many occasions and having won it.” Meanwhile, the overseas-based Atkinson has also lifted the prestige of swimming by virtue of being back-to-back runner-up in 2012 and 2013 behind sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. “She is our winner, she is our standardbearer and topped the sport here in Jamaica, and she has a very good international ranking and standing also. When you look out there in the swimming environment, there aren’t that many black swimmers coming from this region who are participating at that level,” said Lamey. After her disappointment in Rio, Atkinson equalled the 100m breaststroke world record in her return to the pool, clocking 1:02.36 on August 26 in France. She then posted 28.64 to break a seven-year SC record by 0.16 seconds at a meet in Tokyo. The Jamaican finished second in the overall World Cup points standings and in a dominant showing, won all eight 50m breaststroke events that she started. Besides Atkinson and Phillip, the only other swimmer to win the National Sportswoman of the Year award is Frances Noble, who did so 1968. Phillip Alexander (1965) and Paul Nash (1969) are the only National Sportsman of the Year recipients.
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