Sports tourism key to JLP manifesto

first_imgSports tourism, the building of new facilities and renovation of existing ones will be high on the agenda of the new administration. With the strong belief that Jamaica is perfectly placed, especially with its proximity to the North American market, increased efforts are expected to be made to woo athletes to the island, especially during the winter months. In its election manifesto, the Jamaica Labour Party promised to “intensity efforts to establish an extensive sports tourism programme that will, among other things, provide discounted prices to athletes that wish to use our facilities (especially during their winter season)”. To meet current and future demand the new government said, in its manifesto, that local sports training facilities “should be equipped to meet international standards and include gymnasium, swimming pool, indoor halls, cycling velodrome, squash courts, hockey fields (grass and synthetic, athletic tracks – cinder and synthetic) and outdoor courts such as in tennis.” With the National Stadium cycle track not meeting international standards, the country could be presented with plans to build a cycling velodrome to facilitate not only local riders, but top cyclists from the United States and Canada. “Jamaica has more than 1,600 sporting facilities … These facilities need to be rehabilitated. Other facilities should be built,” the manifesto said. There are also plans to increase the numbers and to improve the efficiency of local sports professionals to make them more marketable worldwide. “We will enhance greater partnership between the government and our local sporting bodies to enhance training and certification of our local coaches … not only to meet local, but also international standards that would deem them qualified/certified to ply their trade across the globe,” the new government’s manifesto said. The upgrade of sports professionals will not be limited to coaches – the expanded training will also cover sports physicians, physiotherapists, sports medicine physicians, sports nutritionists and sports administrators. The new government is also planning to promote more research in sports sciences. “The days of relying solely on raw-born talent is a thing of the past,” its manifesto said. With the many advances in approaches, the manifesto said, strategies will be developed to improve the overall health of the country’s citizens and this will be done in consultation with the ministry of health.last_img read more

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Spot Valley’s Reid chasing 800m record

first_imgTyrese Reid of Spot Valley High school is chasing the 30 year-old ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships record in the Class One 800m.Speaking after Reid had won his 1500m races at the JAAA/Jamalco Development meet at Halse Hall on Saturday, coach Kerron Grant underlined his conviction that his charge can get past the mark set in an iconic Boys Champs race in 1987.The Spot Valley student-athlete established the fastest high school 800m time at 1 minute 53.68 seconds on January 14. At Halse Hall, he also won his 1500m heat on 4 minutes 12.54 seconds and Grant assessed that run, saying: “His first 700m was behind what we expected but he complained about getting caught in the pack but that can be worked so nothing to worry about.”The fastest Class One 1500m run of the meet came from Tahjay Wilson of Bellefield, who looked comfortable in an effort that took 4 minutes 09.74 seconds in another heat.SHOW OF SPEEDReid finished the day with a show of his speed. He produced the second fastest Class One 400m time of the day at 50.91 seconds on the Halse Hall grass. The best circuit was crafted by Agerian Jackson of Christiana High in 50.29 seconds.Coach Grant explained that the Spot Valley standout is doing well in training.”He’s responding good to the work and he knows what we want to achieve for the season,” said Grant.Reid’s training programme is designed to bring him to peak performance at Champs, which starts on March 28.”Based on where he’s at now, he has another two weeks before his programme changes so he should be in at least 3.58, 3.57 shape by Champs,” Grant programmed. “That’s where we’re planning to be and for the 800m, we’re trying to get him to 1.48.”Informed that the Champs record has stood at 1 minute 48.84 seconds to Sherwin Burgess of Vere Technical since 1987, Grant calmly replied, “Well definitely, that’s why we’re chasing it because we have what it takes to do it.”That epic Champs race saw four boys break 1 minute 50 seconds, with Burgess edging Kenroy Levy of STETHS 1.48.84 to 1.48.86 with two others Fitzroy Morrison of STETHS and Mark Jones of Vere also under 1.50. The last Champs Class One final with a time that fast took place in 1990. Clevon Clair of Jamaica College won in 1 minute 49.51 seconds ahead of Michael Williams of St Jago High School whose time was 1 minute 49.96 seconds.last_img read more

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