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.

 

Defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds will be looking to give their bench players some game time but will be hunting another win when they take on the St. Catherine Racers on Wednesday night.

After only three matches for the Jozi Stars in South Africa’s Mzansi Super League, Chris Gayle is returning home to Jamaica to attend his mother’s funeral.

Jamaica's Alia Atkinson advanced to the final of the 50m breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships (short course) in Hangzhou, China after winning her semi-final heat on Tuesday morning.

Waterhouse Football Club and Mount Pleasant Academy each registered wins over Dunbeholden FC and UWI FC respectively in week 15 of the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday.

Jamaica’s world-cup bound Reggae Girlz got a financial boost Sunday with the news that Supreme Ventures Limited has committed just over US$100,000 (J$13million) to the women’s programme over the next two years.

The Reggae Girlz created history in October by qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and will open their account against current world-number 10 Brazil on June 9. The Jamaican senior women will play in Group C alongside Australia and Italy and its South American neighbours.

Supreme Ventures, who came on board as Gold sponsors for the first time, signed an agreement with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to pump about US$50,000 into the national outfit annually starting January 2019.

“We are extremely appreciative of the help we get from Corporate Jamaica and we are thrilled that Supreme Ventures has come forward with a two-year commitment at this time,” said Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts.

“We need all the help that we can muster to help our Girls in France and this will certainly add to that effort.

The JFF president said that the partnership demonstrates SVL’s confidence in the Reggae Girlz as the commitment will continue, long after World Cup finals that are to begin on June 7, 2019.

“We cannot overlook the confidence SVL has in the Reggae Girlz by supporting them beyond the World Cup finals. We hope that with this support, we can focus more on developing our team to do more on the international stage,” he said. 

Meantime, Chief Marketing Officer at Supreme Ventures, Heather Goldson said the Girls’ historic win was hard-won and well deserved.

“This is a historic moment for our nation, and a pivotal moment for women’s football in Jamaica,” she said.

“We expect them to do well on this campaign to France and beyond and they have our full support in this regard. We felt it was critical to support the hard work these young women put in to get Jamaica to its second World Cup in history.”

It was announced in the Parliament recently Jamaican government plans to commit more than US$150,000 to the Reggae Girlz while Cedella Marley, who has been the main backer of the team during the world cup campaign, has launched a jewellery line with profits from sales going towards the national senior women's team.

As the Windies cricket team continues to struggle on tour in Bangladesh, Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange has repeated her call for West Indies cricket to be protected as it is part of the region’s cultural heritage.

The Kingston Hummingbirds and Manchester Spurs pulled out emphatic victories over the St. Ann Orchids and St Catherine Racers in the Berger Elite League on Saturday night.

Another match, another poor performance from the Windies who lost the first of their three ODI’s against Bangladesh by five wickets at Dhaka on Sunday.

During his incredible run on his way to winning the XFactor Dalton Harris gained a lot of new fans.

Jamaica defender Lauren Silver sees the significant rise of the Reggae Girlz in the FIFA Women World rankings as a sign of the team’s progress.

Jamaica diver Yona Knight-Wisdom said he surpassed his own expectations in winning two gold medals at the Scottish Nationals last weekend.

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