Thomas targets big leap – Triple jumper sets sights on 15m, 4x400m

first_imgTake one look at Jamaican Olympic triple jump hopeful Shanieka Thomas and her potential is obvious. At six-foot tall and 145 pounds, she is built almost exactly like world record holder Inessa Kravets. Thomas, 11th at the 2015 World Championships, knows the similarity and hopes one day to match the Ukrainian’s fine achievements. Kravets set the record – 15.50 metres – at the 1995 Worlds and took gold as well at the 1996 Olympics. “The fact that the world record holder has the same build as me is encouragement to show I’m able to achieve the world record or even more,” she observed after a training session at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies last week. “A lot of people don’t remember that the world record holder has a really slim build,” she pinpointed. Thomas, a three-time US collegiate champion at San Diego State University, left California to train at Mona last season. “Everyone was asking me, ‘Why come back to Jamaica and there’s not a lot of people doing well in the field events?’,” she recalled. “It’s hard to have a lot of people doing well in the field events if nobody actually comes home to show the talent the coaches have here,” she analysed. “So it’s a big jump, and it was risky at first, but I like the transition because it’s been going well.” With astute advice from her coach, Kerry-Lee Ricketts, the former Vere Technical High School student-athlete qualified for the Worlds at the last opportunity with a winning 14.23-metre jump at the NACAC Championships in Costa Rica. Now their goal is to make her faster and stronger. MORE SPEED “This year,” she revealed, “we’re focusing on getting more speed down the runway, as well as strengthening, making sure I’m more powerful.” Now almost 24, Thomas has great respect for retired 2005 World Champion Trecia Smith and her former Vere Technical teammate, Kimberly Williams, who in 2014 succeeded Smith as Commonwealth champion. Mention of Smith’s national record of 15.16 metres and Thomas glows. “That’s a really big performance, and I would love to jump at least 15.01,” she envisioned, “just to be over the mark.” During her San Diego years, the 2008 Carifta Games Under-17 champion ran relays on a regular basis. Now she dreams of running the 4×400 in black green and gold. “Every season, I contemplate doing the 400, but when I start thinking about the training for the 400,” she shudders, “I’m like, no. I’m going to stick with the triple jump.” She is encouraged by the relay running of World and Olympic triple jump men’s champion Christian Taylor at the 2014 World Relays. “If it’s not the Olympics or the World Championships,” she said, “if it’s even like the Pan-Am Games or something like that, I want to run a 4×4 … for Jamaica.” Runs over 350 and 400 metres are part of her background training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and she says “you’ll maybe see me on the 4×4 for UWI for the preparation towards Rio”.last_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s 2014 Christmas Inaugural Road PuckRoad Hurling can best be described as a hurling form of road bowls. Teams compete over a distance of 5km. Each team comprises three members; including one adult. Each player takes a turn to hit the sliotar with the hurley.The skill is to keep the ball low on the ground, avoiding hedgerows and ditches, to gain as much distance as possible per shot. Each team uses three slíotars and if they lose them, that team is eliminated. The winning team will be the first to complete the circuit with the fewest pucks. It’s an imperfect description, but think of a compromise between hurling and golf. Using a hurl and sliotar, competitors must get to the end of the course with low strokes – it’s down the road, but sometimes it goes a little cross-country.Contestants play in teams of three. Each team is given three specially-marked sliotars. If you lose a ball, it’s a three-stroke penalty. Two teams head off together, each marking each other’s score card. The next two teams head off after the first teams are out of distance… just like golf! The members of the team take it in rotation to strike the sliotar and one of the team should go ahead and keep an eye out where the sliotar lands.The route begins at the crossroads at Ard Rí pub, and heads towards the Kirkstown road, which eventually heads back towards O’Donnell Park.Brute strength may help but will not be the winning attribute as tactics will be essential. You can try and go for distance; you can bounce it off a ditch, you can try to cut corners, or you can be cautious and not lose any sliotars! It should take the teams just over an hour and a half to get around the course. It is not overly strenuous as its mainly downhill but it does require some basic fitness.We’re hoping to get everyone out from the U12’s, U14’s, U16’s minors and seniors hurlers and camogie players, coaches, ex-players, future players, footballers, fathers & sons, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours, visitors – everyone!The Big Event takes place this Saturday, Dec. 27th and entrance fee is €10 per adult and all juveniles are €5 each, with all money raised going towards the club. It’ll be a great family day out and maybe in the future there could even be a road hurling championship between a few clubs.Registration is at 11.30am at O’Donnell Park. The event starts at noon.To find out more contact Eunan O’Donnell on 087 6775637. ST EUNAN’S CHRISTMAS 2014 INAUGURAL ROAD PUCK was last modified: December 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:letterkennyroad hurlinglast_img read more

Alexandra pupils benefit from Urban Scholar Bicycle project

first_imgQhubeka is part of @PowerOfBicycles.Together,we help people access education & economic opportunity with bicycles.—Qhubeka™ (@Qhubeka) June 28,2016Almost 360 Alexandra high school pupils recently received bicycles donated by AutoTrader, the Qhubeka NGO and the City of Johannesburg as part of the Urban Scholar Bicycle (USB) programme. Dimension Data is also a financial partner in the project.The project was set up to provide schoolchildren with improved mobility and a safe method of transport to and from school, which, in turn, boosts their academic performance.Alexandra township was identified for bicycle distribution because of the transport corridor that exists between it and Sandton. Pupils at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School were chosen to receive the donated bicycles following the school’s high matric pass rates in 2014 and 2015.Abicycle changes lives by increasing the distance a person can travel, what they cancarry, where they can go & how fast they can get there—Qhubeka™ (@Qhubeka) June 29,2016Each pupil who receives a bicycle commits to its safe use and storage and makes a nominal financial contribution that is used by the school to fund the training of a bicycle mechanic. The bicycles are owned by the school until the beneficiaries complete their schooling and all contract terms are met. The bicycles can then be used by a new class of achievers the following year.Qhubeka is part of the programme run in South African by the non-profit, non- governmental organisation World Bicycle Relief. It is dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transport. Qhubeka has delivered more than 60 000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people across South Africa since it was set up in 2005.Qhubeka and Dimension Data are sponsors of the South African road and track cycling team and partners in developing the sport among the youth.The Qhubeka 5000In July, Qhubeka will hold its 5000 charity drive. Riders, both novice and professional, are urged to ride a distance that will contribute to the group’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. For every kilometre covered, sponsors will contribute to funding 5 000 bicycles for pupils around South Africa. The drive will be held on 15 and 16 July, and will coincide with Team Dimension Data’s participation in the 2016 Tour de France.Source: Qhubekalast_img read more