Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

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Reggae Girlz midfielder Marlo Sweatman said the team was extremely grateful for the foodstuff donated by members of the Jamaicans in Switzerland Association last weekend.

The Jamaica Olympic Association has appointed retired Olympic sprinter Michael Frater O.D. as president of a newly created Athletes’ Commission.

Jamaicans in Switzerland responded to a call put out on behalf of the Reggae Girlz, who bow into World Cup action on Sunday, June 9 against Brazil.

The team that arrived in France late last week for their final preparations, received a pleasant surprise on the weekend from members of the Jamaican Association in Switzerland (JAS) who donated water and food supplies for the history-making women.

Rashid Hall, President of the JAS, who spearheaded the cause, said they were happy to come to the aid of the Reggae Girlz.

“We saw this as an opportunity. We sent a message out within our database asking for support, asking for people to make donations towards helping the team and people responded favourably and we were able to purchase a number of items to help the team,” he said.

He explained that Carole Beckford, the chairperson of an All-Woman Committee tasked with garnering support for the Reggae Girlz, had reached out to a few Jamaicans in Geneva asking if there was anything they could do to help the team.

“They reached out to me because of me being the president of the Jamaica Association in Switzerland and because we have been asking before about ways for us to assist the team but were not getting much information,” he said.

With their pooled resources, the Jamaicans supplied the World Cup team with 25 cases of water, about 300 oranges, watermelons, boxes of cereal, oats, 50 boxes of nutrition bars.

“Things that they would be able to use outside their normal eating hours. We also bought some Jamaican items from a lady who does that in Switzerland – corned beef, banana chips, pepper, water crackers, just for them to get a little feeling of home. Things that can snack on their rooms, things that they can carry to training, on the bus when they are travelling,” Hall said.

“For us, it was really a blessing to be able to assist the team.”

The support doesn’t end there as the Jamaicans in Switzerland are also planning to attend matches as well.

“A number of us have bought tickets,” said Hall who will be attending the Reggae Girlz final group match against Australia on June 18. He will miss the two earlier games because of work. Hall is the sponsorship coordinator for CAA11, UEFA’s exclusive sponsorship and media agency.

The job requires him to be in Porto for the Nations League finals and thus, prevents him from attending the matches against Brazil and Italy.

“Quite a number of persons have bought tickets and are going out in droves,” Hall said.

“This is a chance for us to help them in another way and we are just happy to be able to assist. By right our focus is on early childhood education which is why we couldn’t take funds from our actual account but in any case when needs like this arise we still have the ability to ask persons on a one-off basis to donate and they did that and we were able to buy the stuff and carry it to them.

“The team was in good spirits they were very happy for the Jamaican products. Right now, they are overflowing with things. They can focus on the games. They can focus on preparing. We are happy to make that the case.”

Hall said their voices will be loud in the stands when the matches begin as they continue to lend their support to the Reggae Girlz.

“As I said to the girls, now we are going to be supporting in a different way, with our voices in the stands being very loud, being very present and we wish them all the best.”

 

 

 

 

Jamaican rally-car driver Jeffrey Panton is in stable condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados after he sustained injuries in a horrific crash Sunday morning during SOL Rally Barbados 2019.

Jamaican UFC fighter Randy Brown said preparations have been going well for what he believes will be a tough fight against Bryan Barberena on June 22 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.

History-making Haitian swimmer Naomy Grand Pierre said she was encouraged by last week’s turn out at a Meet and Greet in Atlanta to raise funds for her country’s swim programme.

The meet and greets were planned by an organisation known as the Sons and Daughters of Haiti to raise money over US$100,000 to send Haitian swim teams to the CCCAN Swimming Championships in 2019 and 2020, as well as the Carifta Swimming Championships and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The 22-year-old swimmer created history at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she became the first Haitian woman to represent the country at an Olympiad. An estimated US$3000 was pledged during the Atlanta event and Grand’Pierre described it as a moving experience.

“It’s one thing to know that you have support from a community, but it’s another to see and feel support and that’s what this meet and greet provided,” she said of the event where new partnerships with Carribean Apparel uniforms as well as five per cent revenue contributions from Itiah Coffee and Abdalia’s Designs were announced.

“It was really touching for me to see the Haitian community engaged in our efforts to change the state of our country. It has given me the motivation I need to continue, even on the hard days, because Haitians from all over are counting on us to provide a source of hope for progress and development in the country.

“We recapped the efforts for the Road to Rio and recognized notable members and contributions that made that journey possible. We also updated the progress - six international medals, 17 registered athletes and 19 Haitian records in three years.”

Following on that success, three additional events have been planned for Miami, Chicago and Boston in the coming weeks.

Miami’s event will be held at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex on May 31. Then on June 13 another such event has been scheduled for the Kizin Creole Restaurant in Chicago on June 13. Another is set for Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex in Boston on June 29.

Further information can be had at  haitiroadtotokyo.com.

Captain Damisha Croney says she has confidence in her netball team preparing for his summer’s IFNA World Cup in Liverpool, England.

Injured Reggae Girlz forward Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw and Kayla McCoy are being assessed on a daily basis with the hope that they will be ready to take the field when Jamaica opens its 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign on June 9.

Calabar High School track stat Christopher Taylor said he is focusing on returning to the track next season and has denied accusations that he assaulted a teacher at the school.

Fedrick Dacres said he knew he was capable of throwing 70m at Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Thursday.

Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres threw a massive season best in the men’s discus but had to settle for second place to the imperious Daniel Stahl at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Thursday.

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