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_imgThe Ballyshannon Regeneration Group has secured funding from The Heritage Council for a conservation report on the Ballyshannon Workhouse, a Protected Structure.The Heritage Council has awarded €58,500 in funding for thirteen heritage initiatives in County Donegal to groups and individuals throughout the county.“The Heritage Council grants programme is a very significant and prestigious source of funding for heritage initiatives in County Donegal,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“Between 2006 and 2012, heritage projects in County Donegal received over €1 million in funding from The Heritage Council. The announcement of Heritage Council funding for 13 heritage projects in local communities in County Donegal this year is most welcome and much needed. “As well as helping to retain important aspects of our heritage, these projects support jobs, generate revenue, foster interest and pride in our heritage, help to attract visitors and raise awareness of the built, cultural and natural heritage around us. With limited heritage funding available at a national level at present, Heritage Council funding often provides the only opportunity to address the many great heritage initiatives emerging at the local level.”Under the heritage management grants scheme, The Heritage Council awarded funding for conservation reports on the Cooperage in Burtonport by the Burtonport Heritage Group, St. Mary’s Old Church in Derrybeg, the Ballyshannon Workhouse by the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group and a conservation plan for Ned’s Point Fort in Inishowen by the Swilly Marine & Heritage Exploration Centre.Lár Chomhairle Paróiste Ghleann Cholm Cille was awarded funding for the preparation of conservation specifications for the repair of the nineteenth-century coastal signal tower at Carrigan Head, Sliabh Liag and the Creevy & District Community Development Cooperative Society secured funding for the Kilbarron Castle Conservation Project near Ballyshannon.Funding was also awarded for conservation works to New Park House in Moville, the repair of the Templecrone Church boundary wall near Maghery and a survey of the historic graveyard, emergency repair work to the fifteenth-century Ballysaggart Franciscan Friary by the Ballysaggart Church Restoration Committee, repairs to Fannet Presbyterian Church in Kerrykeel and conservation works to St. Catherine’s Church and graveyard in Killybegs by the Killybegs History & Heritage Committee. BirdWatch Ireland was awarded funding for the management of corncrakes in Donegal and Mayo, and the Ardara Men’s Shed secured funding for the restoration of a hand-weaving loom.The Heritage Council received a total of 329 grant applications from all over Ireland for 2014 of which 144 projects will receive funding this year.The funding announced for 2014 represents an improvement from last year when The Heritage Council was not able to offer a grants scheme due to budgetary cutbacks.In 2014, the Heritage Council will allocate approximately €653,000 under the Heritage Council Grants Programme to 144 heritage projects across Ireland focussed on conservation works.Recent research found that every €1 million spent in grants by The Heritage Council supported 70 jobs directly and 300 jobs across a range of related sectors. Research also shows that every €1 spent by the Heritage Council generated over €4 for the Irish tourism industry. 13 DONEGAL PROJECTS GET €58,500 FROM HERITAGE COUNCIL was last modified: February 26th, 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:donegalfundingHeritage Councillast_img read more