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VCB: 2015 has set me up for 2016

first_imgQUEENS, New York: VERONICA Campbell-Brown believes the way she finished last season has provided the perfect launch pad for next year. The outstanding Jamaica female sprinter had low performances as she struggled with uncharacteristic poor form leading into the World Championships, in what she described as her ‘most challenging year’. However, cometh the hour, cometh the woman and at the World Championships in Beijing, China, Campbell-Brown – with personal best times of 10.76 for the 100 metres and 21.74 over 200m – ran herself into form and took bronze in the 200m final and gold on the Jamaican sprint relay team. Also, she narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100 metres by placing fourth. “2015 was my most challenging season, not in terms of lack of medals,” she told The Gleaner in an interview in New York on Friday. “My programme was on point. My programme was well designed, but my body … I experienced some weird stuff and it set me back couple months well. As a result, I was not able to run my races properly and I did not get a break in the way my body was feeling until about three weeks before the World Championships, and so I’m thankful for the results.” The 33-year-old flew up to the Big Apple where she was presented with the Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Humanitarian Award at its yearly function on Saturday night at the JFK Hilton Hotel in Queen’s. Campbell-Brown, a battle-hard competitor, said her strong-willed personality played a major part in her bronze-medal success at the World Championships last summer. “It’s all about mental toughness; I stayed strong, I stayed positive and I went into that final with the mindset to win. I just ran like I was crazy from the gun. If I didn’t do that, I would not have got a medal,” the former Vere Technical standout said. “The 100 metres wasn’t bad either. I think it set me up for the 200 metres. I felt good. I felt like myself in the 100-metre semis, but in the final, I was a little off. But overall, it was a decent championship for me, not what I’m used to. It may seem like an underperformance, but I do understand there were factors that contributed to that, so, at the end of the day, I have to be pleased with what I achieved.” Asked how much mental toughness has enabled her success, the sprinter, popularly known as ‘VCB’, said: “I think it plays a very huge part. Training is hard, but you’ve to be mentally tough every day to get through the workouts; and then competition is tough. “Over the years, I’ve learnt that if I keep my mind clean and clear and just focus on me and not worry about what’s going on around me, don’t focus on the workload, don’t focus on the competition, as long as I can do that and keep positive and believe in God and my ability, those are the things that get me through. So, no matter how I go into a race, I don’t feel like I’m not able to win; I go into every race believing that I’m as good as everybody in the field and that is important,” the 17-time Olympic and World Championship medallist underlined. Next year will be the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and VCB says she’s in a good place. “I feel like 2015 set me up for 2016. I feel like I ended my season on a decent note and it has set me up quite well for 2016. And I know that my main thing is to ensure that I stay healthy. As long as I don’t miss a bulk of training sessions, I should be in a good place to be in Rio,” she said. “The competition is great because when I look at my 200m from Beijing, running 21.9 from lane two was quite impressive. I wonder what would I do if I was in a better lane. So it gives me hope for what I can do in 2016.” Competition will be tough for medals, with countrywomen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Natasha Morrison and Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers all displaying good form last season. The Americans who were off, are also expected to challenge as well. “I’m not focusing on my competitors. I’m focusing on what I have to do. I know that there are a lot of talented girls that I have to compete against and it helps me to make sure that I stay motivated and keep working hard, and if everything goes well I’m expecting great results in Rio, as long as I make the team; and I’m trusting God that I will make the team,” Campbell-Brown said. At this point, she is undecided about when she’ll start competing next year. “I’m still thinking about that,” she said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to do indoors. If not indoors, then it’d be in March.” MENTAL TOUGHNESSlast_img read more

ASAJ names strong squad for CARIFTA

first_imgNational swimming coach Gillian Millwood is confident that members of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) National Age Group team to the 2017 CARIFTA Swimming Championships will be strong medal contenders at the April 15-19 meet in Nassau, Bahamas.The Jamaicans will line up against 25 participating countries, with high hopes of equalling, or bettering, the eight gold, nine silver, and eight bronze (25 medals) they won in Martinique last year.More than a fifth of the contingent are overseas-based swimmers who live and train outside of Jamaica but compete for the team annually.PREPARATION MODEAccording to Millwood, the swimmers are in preparation mode and will test their sprinting skills in the pool in one last competition two weeks before they depart for Nassau.”It’s only up to them from here. We have a bigger team than last year and I anticipate that we will be able to pick up more medals than we got then,” she reasoned.The team is a mix of experienced swimmers and a few newcomers.Millwood is expecting everybody to go out and give of their best, even if they don’t medal.”I pick returnees to medal. Everybody understands that once they do their part, their best, the results will come,” she underlined.Jamaica’s squad includes:11-12 Boys: Joshua-Daniel Alleyne, Nikolos Gordon-Somers, Jaleel Samms and Nathaniel Thomas.13-14 Boys: Akeem Alleyne, Cameron Brown, Dominic Mullings and Kyle Sinclair.15-17 Boys: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Joseph Cardozo, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Adrian Grant, Jesse Marsh and Nicholas Vale.11-12 Girls: Zaneta Alvaranga, Paige Lewis, Sabrina Lyn and Isabella Sierra.13-14 Girls: Brianna Anderson, Gabrianna Banks, Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.15-17 Girls: Anjuii Barrett, Annastazia Chin, Shaun Johnson, Laura Lim Sang, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart, Angara Sinclair and Britney Williams.The team will be managed by Tastey Blackman.last_img read more

Global trips Meralco in PFL semis first leg; Guirado scores in Azkals return

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The Sparks were rewarded for their enterprising play in the 61st minute when Tahj Minniecon slotted home a penalty after he was fouled by Daryl Regala.Struggling for most of the match, Global came alive late with a comeback that puts Akbar Nawas’ side in a strong position to reach the finals. With their away goal though, Meralco just needs a 1-0 win in the second leg on Saturday to also advance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe first leg of the other semifinal matchup between Kaya Makati and Ceres Negros starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday at University of Makati Stadium.Meanwhile, Filipino-Spanish striker Angel Guirado scored in his return to the national side, while Kintaro Miyagi was on target in his debut as the Philippines crushed a youthful Laos side, 3-1, last Friday at the start of the Chinese Taipei Football Association Invitational Tournament at Municipal Stadium in Taipei. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson F2 Logistics dumps Iriga City, seals top quarterfinal slot Skipper Phil Younghusband opened the scoring in the 35th minute, before Guirado and Miyagi struck in the second half as the Azkals proved too strong for their Southeast Asian foes in the four-nation tournament which also features Timor Leste and Chinese-Taipei.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National team standout Pika Minegishi scored in the 93rd minute as Global Cebu edged Meralco Manila, 2-1, to grab a slender advantage in their Philippines Football League semifinals at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Wesley Dos Santos equalized for Global just before stoppage time with a glancing header off a corner from Minegishi as the Cebu side finished with a flourish.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Caram admitted that his unlikely outburst made the victory sweeter as the Bolts got one over the Gin Kings, their tormentor the past two Governors’ Cup Finals.“It feels great that we won. First, because we want to make it to the quarters and coach told us that we had to win our remaining games and treat them as championship games, and second, going to this venue where we had lots of bad memories, it was a motivation for us to win over Ginebra,” he said.Despite coming out on top, Caram knows that there’s no time to revel as Meralco still sits outside the playoff bracket currently tied for ninth with TNT and Blackwater at 4-6.With one game left in its elimination round schedule, Caram and the rest of the Bolts have no choice but to go all-out as they try to make one last run to the quarterfinals on Saturday against Magnolia.“We have no other choice but to work for it. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. So we’ll treat that game as a championship game because if we lose, there’s no more tomorrow for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — “Never say die” has always been Ginebra’s mantra.But on Sunday, it seemed like the tables were turned when Meralco got one over its rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Fighting for survival in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, the Bolts clawed their way back from a 69-77 deficit in the fourth period to pull off a thrilling 84-82 victory to stay alive in the playoff race.“We want to be known as a team that doesn’t give up even if we’re undermanned,” said Meralco playmaker Anjo Caram, who was one of the team’s unsung heroes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMissing key guys like Ranidel de Ocampo, Jared Dillinger, and now, Cliff Hodge due to an MCL sprain, the diminutive guard proved to be the spark Meralco needed, firing a career-high 16 points to go with three rebounds.“We want to show it to the fans, to the company that we will fight until the end. We won’t give up and that’s how we honor the game which is to give our best every time,” he said. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may sufferlast_img read more

New Vice Chancellor outlines revival plans for UG

first_imgWith a fairly new Vice chancellor at the helm of the University of Guyana, the country’s premier tertiary institution is set to see significant changes in operation and service.New UG Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith during his inaugural press conference vowed to transform the aesthetic of the University, moving it from the place it is now to a place that would benefit every student and staff member.He met with journalists on Friday, a mere three days after assuming office. During his first week in office, the Professor has already engaged a wide range of staff and students, attended the academic and faculty board meetings, met with senior administration and held interactions with the two workers unions.According to the Professor, the University of Guyana will be moving head on tackling the issues that have been holding the institution down for far too long.New University Vice ChancellorDr Ivelaw Griffith“We have got to do better as a University, as a nation, in paying our staff decent salaries. True, earlier this year there was an increase and while that increase was necessary, it’s not sufficient”.He said he has already met with President David Granger and will be meeting shortly with Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Attorney General Basil Williams, to set the stage to enable the University to get the resources from Government to do more, including paying decent wages and salaries to academic and non academic staff.Better wages and salaries for all staff have always been a major issue and was among the major reasons for the latest bouts of protest actions by the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association and the University of Guyana Workers’ Union.Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor said the University will be moving to set the stage to do innovative things that could elevate the premier tertiary body.“One of the things that will be setting the stage is asking the question, what new things must this university do?” One of those things, he said, is the need to establish a business school at the University. At the dawn of the new semester, the University will be engaging the expertise of a feasibility study team, for them to assess the possibility of establishing such a school.Griffith has placed as high premium on engaging a wide network of professionals all over the world to galvanise support for enhancing the programmes and operations of the University. In this regard, the first conference of education resource ambassadors will be convened in Georgetown, between June 23 and 25.“This conference will bring together about 100 professionals, both local and from the Diaspora, particularly from North America and the Caribbean, who have expressed an interest and commitment to contributing financially, technically to taking UG forward”.With the theme “Dreaming resources, doing resources”, the conference aims specifically at achieving several objectives, including mobilising resources from key domestic and Diaspora stakeholders to enhance infrastructure, finance capital andhuman development challenges; identifying immediate, short and long-term contributions aimed at achieving o mobilising resources to address some of the extant challenges, facilitate a new culture for the collective ownership if the welfare of the university by the widest possible cross section of stakeholders who are willing to contribute to the restoration of the institution’s academic credibility and financial ethnicity.During the three-day conference, participants will make visits to the University’s campuses (Turkeyen and Tain) to ascertain the immediate needs of the respective campuses, as well as to brainstorm in plenary and working groups on an agenda for immediate, short and long-term action.last_img read more

Report on new hospital presented to City Council

first_imgRepresentatives from the new Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project presented a report to City Council on Tuesday. It detailed the project’s overview, current status, and future plans. Construction officially began on the hospital on July 22 and Northern Health Project Director Tom Sparrow says everything is on schedule. He says Northern Health is also looking at the future of the existing hospital building on 100th Avenue. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1724|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1453aa6693a0f7d7b216442d0f2ef225-Sparrow 1_1_Pub.mp3] Sparrow stressed the importance of having spiritual healing areas dispersed throughout the new hospital. He mentioned that Northern Health is looking at putting in a non-denominational spiritual room into the new building that is part of the residential care facility.Northern Health is also looking at constructing a separate building that will be a spiritual area as well. Advertisement A healing garden is also in the works, and Sparrow says it might be expanded to a year-round use. Meanwhile, Mayor Bruce Lantz had concerns regarding the reduction of one maternity care bed when the new facility opens. Sparrow says he’s not too concerned about that, as the new facility can easily compensate for the loss. [asset|aid=1725|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1453aa6693a0f7d7b216442d0f2ef225-Sparrow 2_1_Pub.mp3] Sparrow says some of the next steps include continued communication and interaction with the community, organizations, and First Nations. Construction should be complete by spring of 2012.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wind chill warning issued for Peace Region

first_imgAn Environment Canada wind chill warning has been issued this morning for the entire Peace Region.All you need do to find out why is step outside.The official temperature this morning was minus 30 degrees, but with the wind only at 9 kilometeres per hour, we still have a wind chill temperature of minus 39.- Advertisement -The strong Pacific frontal system passing through the interior of the province, is expected to dump up to 6 centimeters of snow tonight and tomorrow in this area, with more forecast for the weekend.It is likely to be Monday, before we see any significant temperature improvement with a forecast high of minus 11.last_img read more

Video: Tottenham’s next signing?

first_imgTottenham are looking to complete a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot on loan in the coming days.The 19-year-old is highly rated in France and even rivals Arsenal have been interested in landing the youngster.So what can Spurs fans expect should the midfielder join the club in Janaury? talkSPORT takes a look at his best moments so far…last_img

Chelsea target’s transfer request rebuffed by club

first_img1 Everton have rejected a transfer request from defender John Stones.Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright released a statement to reaffirm the club’s stance that the 20-year-old, who has been heavily linked with Chelsea, will not be allowed to leave Goodison Park this summer.The Blues have had three bids for the England youngster rejected – the latest in the region of £30m – as they look to bolster their defensive reinforcements.Stones informed the club of his desire to leave earlier this week, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez reiterated following the club’s Capital One Cup victory at Barnsley that he will not be sold.The club statement read:Everton Football Club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones. Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first team squad. John Stones last_img read more

HAS A CELTIC BANKSY ARRIVED IN DONEGAL?

first_imgThe unusual mural which has appeared in Carrigart.Locals have been flocking to see an usual mural which has appeared in Carrigart.The mural, which depicts a woman with flowing hair, was drawn on a old farmhouse wall stead overnight last week close to Glen in Carrigart?The artist remains unknown.  HAS A CELTIC BANKSY ARRIVED IN DONEGAL? was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carrigartfarmhouseglenmurallast_img read more