Inspired by McKenley
For the first time ever, a Jamaican is the head track and field coach at Georgetown University. The new director of track and field and cross country is former Calabar High School athlete Alton McKenzie, whose association with Georgetown goes back to 1989. McKenzie is humbled by the appointment and says he owes much to a trio of coaching giants. Among them is Olympic gold medallist Herb McKenley.
Well Done, Elaine!
A fine season by Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah has gotten the acclaim it deserves, with her selection to the top five nominees for the prestigious Female World Athlete of the Year. With four wind legal sub-11 clockings for the 100 metres in 2020, Thompson-Herah reached two other important landmarks as she tuned up for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.
Garth Gayle elected President of the JAAA
Garth Gayle is the new president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), after defeating Jamaican sprinting great Donald Quarrie 236 to 28 at the body's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the National Arena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. Gayle, who served as Honorary Secretary for the past 20 years, replaces Dr Warren Blake, who did not seek re-election.
Jazmine Fray Targets 2021
Led by national record holder Natoya Goule, 7 Jamaican women have dipped under 2 minutes for the 800 metres. Jazmine Fray, the 2019 NCAA champion, wants to be next. Born into a New York based Jamaican family, Fray is not planning to rest on her laurels.
Bronze Medal Jumper Proud To Be Jamaican
With sprinter Briana Williams leading the way, a time may be coming when Jamaican track and field teams have more athletes from the Diaspora. Retired long jumper Chelsea Hammond walked that road all the way to an Olympic bronze medal. Overjoyed to have represented her country, Hammond says competing in black-green-and-gold brought her an immense sense of pride.
Next Generation: Shadae Lawrence
Astute fans would have seen the name Shadae Lawrence on Jamaica team lists in the last few years as the country's leading discus thrower. She earned her place on the plane to the last Olympics and the World Championships in both 2017 and 2019. Lawrence wants more and, with the 2021 Olympics looming, she is aiming to make an impact.
Next Generation: Andre Ewers
Jamaica has produced many great sprinters. Among those who could be next in line is Andre Ewers, who represented Jamaica for the first time last year. A promising start to his international career and his speed this year has this newcomer looking ahead.
4 Gold Medals for Jamaica's Women in Tokyo
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Jamaica's women contributed massively to a brilliant team performance. Thanks to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Melaine Walker, Jamaica won three women's Olympic gold medals for the first time. That achievement showed how far our women had come.