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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.

Good chemistry was a key reason why Michael O’Hara has decided to return to his high school coach as he looks to kick on from a solid 2019 season when he produced a personal best in the 110m hurdles.

Four-time World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and her coach Stephen Francis have both been nominated for special awards to be given at the inaugural Panam Sports Gala Awards to be held on December 13 in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

Fraser-Pryce has been nominated in two categories - the Best Female Athlete and the Changemaker - while Francis is a nominee for the Best Coach.

More than 40 athletes and coaches have been nominated in nine categories and part of the selection process will involve voting by the public.

Panam Sports in a release on Tuesday said that "it is launching an easily accessible portal through its website where sport fans, National Olympic Committees, media and even the athletes themselves can vote for who they think made the biggest impact at Lima 2019" and further advised that the public should visit its website at www.panamsports.org/vote to vote quickly as voting closes on November 30.

JOA President, Christopher Samuda, in welcoming the approval of Jamaica's nominees stated that "Shelly-Ann and Stephen are very deserving and all Jamaicans locally and in the Diaspora should go immediately to the polls and vote for the 'S-Powersport Duo' in Shelly and Stephen."

The eventual winners will be announced during the live ceremony and celebration and the show will be broadcast live on the Pan Am Sports Channel.

Secretary-General and CEO of the JOA, Ryan Foster, was emphatic in his support.

"Vote for their past record of admirable achievements. Vote for their current successes. Vote for future landmarks and ink the deal for Jamaica,” he said.

This year, the Jamaica Olympic Association achieved a historic milestone at the Pan Am Games in Lima Peru by sending the largest contingent representing 18 sports and garnered the best ever medal haul for Jamaica in the history of the Games.

"We continue to serve our member associations which have seized our vision and mission which always place the athlete solidly at the centre of our efforts and work," Samuda said.

The Pan American Sports Organization, Pan Am Sports, owns the Pan American Games and leads the Olympic Movement of its 41 member nations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

 PanAm Sports has successfully managed 18 editions of the Pan American Games, beginning in 1951, and the event is held every four years.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have reportedly settled into a new hotel in Antigua following the embarrassing scenario on Monday when the team was met by deplorable conditions at the Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort.

St. Andrew Technical High defeated Jamaica College 2-1 at the Stadium East in Kingston on Wednesday to advance to the semi-final round of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition.

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.

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