Blake: Williams’ success fast-tracked hurdles progress

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) believes that Danielle Williams’ success in Beijing has fast-tracked Jamaica’s progress in the women’s sprint hurdles and could lead to a more rapid transition from the last era of sprint hurdlers.In 2009, Brigitte Foster-Hylton won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 100-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Berlin, Germany, while countrywoman Deloreen Ennis-London was third as Jamaica reaped one of its richest medal hauls ever at a global championships. However, three years later, both athletes had retired, leaving behind an enormous gap to be filled. According to Dr Blake, Williams’ success may have just filled that gap.more medals per capita”Three years ago when Foster-Hylton retired, we wondered where the next crop of hurdlers were coming from, but a number of camps have been developing hurdlers and we were developing a critical mass of hurdlers so it was going to come, but it came a little quicker than anyone expected,” said the JAAA president who spoke with The Gleaner on Monday shortly after The Queen’s School honoured Williams for her exploits at the World Championships in Beijing, China.Williams unexpectedly won gold in a personal best 12.57 seconds to help Jamaica win seven gold medals and finish second overall at the championships behind Kenya. Per capita, Jamaica won more medals than any of the other leading nations, Dr Blake had earlier told the gathering of more than 1,000 students and teachers and dignitaries, including Ministers Lisa Hanna, Natalie Neita-Headley, and chairman of the school board Dr Vin Lawrence.Blake revealed that while many did not expect Williams to win a medal, he believed she could have.”I was saying to people that Jamaica stood a good chance of getting a gold medal, and when I said it people looked at me quite strangely as if I was crazy, but I have to believe and have faith in my athletes and her win shows my faith was well placed,” he said.He said Williams’ win will be an inspiration for the other female hurdlers currently emerging on to the world stage for Jamaica.”I think this will give them the boost to work harder, train harder to prepare themselves. A lot of what goes into making a successful hurdler is the preparation that goes in, and seeing that success breeds success and people are going to want to train harder and I think that at the Olympics we could end up getting more than one medal in the event.”last_img read more

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Reg 8 RDC trying to create level playing field for contractors – Chairman

first_img…after accusation of favouritism surfacesThe Regional Democratic Council of Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni) having been accused of being a political entity controlled by the Coalition Government and of giving contracts to only APNU/AFC supporters, Region 8 Chairman Bonaventure Fredericks told this publication that the regional administration is working to establish a tender board process in an effort to be fair to contractors and thus create a level playing field for all parties.Region Eight ChairmanBonaventure FredericksA section of the community of Madhia, Region 8In a recent interview with Guyana Times, Fredericks related that some residents in the region believe that, because they are supporters of the coalition Government, they should be the only ones benefiting from regional contracts.“What we find is that some residents are saying okay, that PPP was in power one time, and now the coalition is in power, so this is our time. So they are looking at it as (that) they should be getting (all the contracts) because they supported the Coalition. We tried to work it out in a way that both sides will benefit,” he said.According to Fredericks, the new initiative will see a level playing field being created regardless of party support.“Also, what we have to look at is that some of those residents also do not meet the approval of council for contracts, so they decided to go alleging things that they cannot even prove,” he noted.The Regional Chairman also said that for some of the contracts that are being awarded, some contractors’ documents are not up-to-date, and as such, they cannot be approved by the council.“What we have to deal with too is that some of these very persons’ documentations are short of business registration and other important things; so, even though they bid, they cannot be approved because their applications are incomplete, and that is a problem which leads to their bids being rejected,” he explained.Fredericks is, however, optimistic that the new process being undertaken would help to streamline those concerns by residents in regard to the awarding of contracts.Meanwhile, some residents had also accused the regional administration of stifling People’s Progressive Party- owned businesses in the region, thus creating hardships for those business operators. In response to these claims, Chairman Fredericks said he is unaware of any such occurrence, but noted that business has declined in the region overall.“There is not much employment and income coming through in any form. Even bus drivers crying out because business is not like before. So, to boycott any one area or business, I don’t see it like that, because people shop wherever they want to. I don’t really buy this claim too much, because it is not much evident,” he said.The RDC has been accused of awarding contracts only to APNU members and supporters. This has led to the creation of much tension and confrontation in the region. Councillors and residents have, on several occasions, expressed dissatisfaction with the Council’s mechanism in awarding contracts, and have complained bitterly of discrimination against non-APNU supporters.last_img read more

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Tottenham slap huge price tag on star man amid Real Madrid interest

first_img SORRY gameday cracker Tottenham have no intention of Christian Eriksen Tottenham are desperate to tie their star man down to a new contract, but are yet to reach an agreement.Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son have all signed fresh terms in recent months as talks with Eriksen are ongoing.The former Ajax man has been earmarked as the perfect replacement for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who turns 34 next September. latest BEST OF Tottenham have slapped a £220million price tag on Christian Eriksen amid interest from Real Madrid.The Denmark playmaker has just 18 months left on his Spurs deal, which has put the La Liga giants on red alert. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion REPLY 1 And Spanish publication Marca reports Madrid have been quoted a price of £220million for Eriksen’s services.The north London club view Eriksen as a pivotal part of their plans and they have no desire to sell him.The 26-year-old scored the only goal in Tottenham’s midweek win over Inter Milan to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update PAYBACK revealed LATEST Latest Football News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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