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Jamaica Sunshine Girls team, now in the final hours of preparation for the Fast5 World Series in Australia, received massages from two massage therapy students of G.C. Foster College this week.
The Sunshine Girls had the massages at the end of their game simulation exercise, held at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Interim coach of the Sunshine Girls, Sasher-Gaye Henry, said the girls were very appreciative for the kind gesture by G.C. Foster College.
"We are very grateful to G.C. Foster College who gave their service to us at no cost," said Henry.
"It was also very beneficial because as the games go on the lactic acid builds up and this is a part of the recovery process and so this was very helpful to us," she said.
Henry added: "I am sorry that we don't have a massage therapist going with us to this tournament because this would have been very beneficial. We could have had some massages done when we get there."
Henry and Marvette Anderson were appointed interim coaches in August, following the resignation of head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken in July.
The Sunshine Girls, who finished fifth at the last Fast5 World Series, are scheduled to fly out tomorrow for the championships, which will be held from October 28-29.
Article Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20171021/sunshine-girls-get-free-massages
Corporal Claudia Samms (right) and her daughter Kamoy Fagan eagerly read the letter advising of the $200,000 scholarship which will help to cover tuition for her four-year teaching-training degree progamme at the G. C. Foster College of Physical Education in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Kamoy was among the 71 tertiary level students who benefitted from the 2017/18 Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Police Federation Scholarships. The awards ceremony took place at Girl Guides Headquarters, 2 Waterloo Road, St Andrew on Thursday.
"I believe that your future is always in your hands, and a lot of times, we get things and continue getting things, and we don't value them. I believe that there needs to be a sense of community and a sense of responsibility for others, and I believe if this batch makes the effort, it is not only for them. It will also be for the children who are coming after them."
Stephen Francis, head coach of the MVP Track Club, received the highest honour of 15 individuals recognised for their service to sports at the annual Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards on the lawns of King's House yesterday.
The others recognised for their contribution to sports, out of the 257 honoured, were Ian Forbes, Maurice Wilson, Chris Gayle, Stafanie Taylor, Brian Breeze, Simone Edwards, Theodore Whitmore, George HoSang, Khaleel Azan, Alexander Hamilton, Paul Hoo, Dr Donald Phillibert, Lloyd Pommells, and Colonel (Ret'd) Samuel Francis.
The outspoken Francis, who has guided the careers of track and field stars such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Melaine Walker, Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, and Brigitte Foster-Hylton, among others, was appointed a member of the Order of Jamaica, the country's fourth-highest honour, for outstanding contribution to track and field through coaching.
“It's obviously a great honour,” Francis told the Jamaica Observer after being conferred with the award.
“I know that there are a lot of Jamaicans out there who say that they really like the job that we do at MVP, and what we have done over the years, so I think this is a good token for them, and it's added motivation to continue doing what we have been doing,” he added.
Colonel Francis, as well as Forbes, Gayle, Hamilton, Hoo, and Dr Phillibert were appointed members of the Order of Distinction (Commander class). Colonel Francis was recognised for outstanding contribution to the field of education, training and sports; Forbes for his service through volunteerism in the field of sports and youth mentorship; Gayle for outstanding service to Jamaica and West Indies cricket for the past 20 years; Hamilton for outstanding contribution to the horse racing industry; Hoo for outstanding contribution to the sporting industry in Jamaica; and Dr Phillibert for contribution in the field of medicine, in particular gynaecology, as well as education, sports and to the Jamaica Diaspora.
Gayle's father, Dudley, who received the award on behalf of the star cricketer, was elated when he spoke with the Observer.
“I feel great and honoured to be here collecting this award; he's such a humble guy. I'm grateful God has blessed him throughout his career. He's very generous. He's such a pleasant person, humble, loving, and kind,” he said before wishing his son continued “health and strength”.
Though absent to collect his award, Chris Gayle expressed his gratitude in an Instagram post yesterday.
“I have received many awards playing cricket all over the world. However, to receive this award from my country is an extremely special moment in my life, even more so on the day we recognise heroes and forefathers who have helped to pave the way for us. Thank you, Jamaica. Words can't explain the feeling. I will continue to wave the flag wherever I go. Congratulations to all the other recipients. One love! Sorry I couldn't be there but the #UniverseBossDad Representing. # Grateful,” he wrote.
The others were appointed as members of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer. Azan for his outstanding contribution to Jamaica's sporting industry; Breese for contribution to sports and nation-building; Edwards for contribution to Jamaica's women's national basketball; HoSang for contribution to the horse racing industry; Pommells for sterling contribution to the Social Development Commission and the Sports Development Foundation; Taylor for sterling contribution to Jamaica and West Indies Women's cricket; Whitmore for contribution to sports, nationally and internationally, in particular football as a player and coach; and Wilson for contribution to sports in Jamaica, in particular track and field.
For Wilson the award is an inspiration to continue the hard work.
“It's a humbling feeling. As I was saying to my friend [just] a while ago, I never thought about this before now, so it's extremely humbling, and it just gives me a lot of inspiration to continue the hard work that I have been doing,” he told the Observer.
For Whitmore, the two-goal hero for the Reggae Boyz in their 2-1 win over Japan at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals in France, it was pure joy.
“It's a privilege to be honoured by your country and the great work continues, as I will always continue to work for the country,” he said.
Article Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/great-honour-francis-other-sports-personalities-grateful-for-national-honours_114148?profile=1606
Oshane Archibald, Natoya Goule and Alphonso Cunningham were winners at the 6th staging of the Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs on Saturday night.
Archibald of GC Foster College crossed the finish line first to take top honours in the men's category over second-placed Dwayne Graham and teammate Garfield Gordon in third.
Olympian Natoya Goule took first place in the female category, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical's Megan Thompson and Samantha Pryce, who finished second and third respectively.
In the wheelchair category, Digicel Ambassador Cunningham won ahead of Joel Brown in second and Marcus Williams in third.
The run, which started at the Digicel headquarters at 7 pm, attracted more than 10,000 participants, with proceeds from this year’s race going to five special needs beneficiaries including the Jamaica Autism Support Association (JASA), Early Stimulation Program (ESP), Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID), Jamaica Down’s Syndrome Foundation (JDSF) and Mustard Seed Communities.
Article Source: http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/archibald-goule-and-cunningham-shine-digicel-5k