Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Trinidad and Tobago athlete Quincy Wilson is suing the National Association of Athletic Associations over what he claims is the association’s negligence which caused him to become injured thereby losing the ability to earn, to train and prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The suit was filed in Trinidad and Tobago's High Court of Justice on Monday. Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Crys­tal Paul, and Ja­son Jones are representing the disaffected athlete.

The 28-year-old Wilson is an eight-time national champion and holds the national record of 59.65m. He has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CARIFTA Games and in 2011 won a bronze medal at the NACAC U23 Championships in Mexico.

In late July, on or about the 28th, Wilson was competing at the national championships. He stepped into the ring and executed two throws. Two other throws were fouls. However, on his fifth throw, he slipped and fell.

According to court documents obtained by Sportsmax.TV, Wilson suffered shock and severe pain, a meniscal tear in his right knee, pain in both knees. He subsequently experienced psychological damage, mental anguish and a loss of quality of life.

Wilson claims his subsequent inability to train has affected his mood and personality, and he is unable to carry out his household chores and his responsibilities as a husband and father.

He blames the NAAA in that they or their employees painted or covered the discus circle with the wrong substance making it slippery. He also claims that the NAAA failed to ensure that the discus circle was at the requisite standard of safety and that they failed to inspect the circle prior to his accident.

Wilson also claims, among other things, that the NAAA failed to use a certified IAAF official to inspect the circle.

As a result, he wants the NAAA to pay for or facilitate his rehabilitation, cover his lost wages. He is also seeking compensation for the loss of opportunity to compete professionally and possibly attracting sponsors.

Tahlia Richardson and Mickhail Williams were triple champions at the 2019 All Jamaica U19 Badminton Championships held at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium in Kingston on the weekend.

 Jamaican shooters dominated the Caribbean Cup Pistol Shooting Championships held at the Jamaica Rifle Associations headquarters over the weekend.

With more than 70 shooters in contention, Team Jamaica won two divisional titles, the Ladies’ category and all three senior categories for a stellar showing at the prestigious regional contest. 

Darrin Richards topped the Production Division with 1013 points while Chris Hart scored 923 to take second and Ryan Grala made 921 to place third.

The local shooters also had the edge in Standard Category where Ryan Bramwell won gold with 941 points ahead of teammate Greg Henry who took silver with 911. Gerard Gill of Barbados claimed bronze with 846.  

Caymanian Tony Campney prevented a Jamaican divisional sweep by winning the Open competition with 1045 points.

Local favourite Kevin Cheung who scored 1005 for the silver medal while Kevin Grant of Barbados won the bronze with a score of 812. 

However, on the strength of their showing in the three divisions, Jamaica amassed 2870 points to emerge as regional champions.  Cayman was second with 2629 points; while Barbados scored 2172 to place third and Trinidad and Tobago were fourth with 2027.

In the Ladies’ competition, top local female shooter, Yeonie Campbell-Simpson stamped her authority on the field scoring 669 points.

Her teammates Rene Rickhi and Tena-Shay McMorris scored 433 and 299 to place second and third respectively.

Then in the Seniors category, Jamaica’s David McMorris topped the Open competition with 708 points. Christopher Nunez won the Production title with 838 points and Owen Campbell took the Standard competition with 756 points.

Tournament Director, Lennox “Lenny” Moulton expressed satisfaction with the high standard of shooting and sportsmanship throughout the competition and the brilliant display by Team Jamaica.

“We had a high turn out with more than 70 shooters from four countries entering the championships and they put on a display which underscored why they are some of the best shooters in the Caribbean,” he said.

“Of course, we were particularly proud of Team Jamaica for winning the competition overall and for the strong showing across all categories.  Our shooters have been training hard and competing consistently both locally and overseas and I think the effort they put into their preparation definitely paid off,” Moulton added.

 

Christian Taylor, a seven-time Diamond League champion, has announced the formation of The Athletics Association, an association for all professional athletes from across the globe and has encouraged athletes worldwide to join and take back power from the IAAF.

Asafa Powell, the former 100-metre world record holder and current Guinness Record holder for the most sub-10 runs has launched asafafitlife.com, a fitness membership platform to help people around the world take control of their health and meet their fitness goals, with hands-on guidance on workouts and nutrition.

“Health is our greatest asset,” Powell said. “Having over a decade of dedicated workout and nutrition experience as an athlete I felt it was time to share that.”

The services offered on the site include but not limited to a 12-week fitness plan, nutrition advice, as well as recipes and fitness videos. Having done a soft launch to get feedback and fine-tune the site, the response has positive.

It has given persons the opportunity to start their fitness journey with someone they trust, can relate to and know that the support they need is at their fingertips.

“I wanted to create a community,” Powell said.

Once people sign up, they get access to a range of his e-books like 'Live Like a Legend', a 30-Day guide to help people kick-start their journey to fitness. There is also access to a private group on Facebook that members can join to share their progress, provide support, share recipe ideas and keep in touch with Powell as they embark on their fitness journey.

The site also features more than 50 fitness videos providing detailed workout instructions for beginners as well as expert advice on how to exercise safely and effectively as well as Powell’s Nutrition Mission eBook.

To learn more about Asafa’s fitness membership platform and to see why it’s poised to change the game visit https://asafafitlife.com.

There has been a significant backlash against the IAAF’s decision to cut eight events – four male and four female – from the Diamond League circuit for the upcoming season.

Jamaican Olympian Michael Fray was found dead on Wednesday, the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association has confirmed.

Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) is revealing that he plans to launch an investigation into reports of the potential move of the young Jamaican sprinter Sachin Dennis to Bahrain.

Top Jamaican fitness athlete Kristen McGregor said she is grateful to have made the top eight in her first major competition, the IFBB World Professional Championships in Tarragona, Spain from November 1-3.

Trinidad and Tobago’s beach volleyball team of Tsyan Selvon and Asma Charles won the gold medal at the Barbados Olympic Association Independence Invitational Games at Pirate’s Cove, Bridgetown, Barbados on the weekend.

Meanwhile, their men’s team of Stephen Enile and Joel Theodore came up short, ending with the silver medal in the competition.

Selvon and Charles got the better of Stacey Atherley and Neesah Yearwood of Barbados 21-14, 23-21 to advance to the semi-finals where they benefitted from a forfeit to secure the gold medal after Nariesa Dyer and Thea Bradshaw withdrew due to injury.

Selvon said she and her teammate capitalised on the things they did well together, despite not having much experience playing with each other.

“We only played in one local tournament before but since then we have a special bond,” she said. “We competed against our senior volleyball teams who had more experience than us but we learnt how to capitalize on our strengths on defence.”

The Bajan pair of Omar Sealy and Elwin Oxley came out victorious from a stern battle against Enile and Theodore 25-23, 21-19.

Jamaica’s athletes competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will be provided with insurance coverage from Marathon Insurance Brokers who are partnering with the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) to provide coverage before, during and after the Games.

Breakout performer, Kristof Street won three gold and one silver medal and crowned champion at the Jamaica Rifle Association’s (JRA) Beginners Archery Tournament that was held on Sunday, November 3 at the JRA’s headquarters in Kingston.

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