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A total of 22 competitors vied for the top spot to be included in the Jamaican Fencing team to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The tournament which was held at the G.C. Foster College on Saturday May 7, 2016 saw competitors from some of the nation’s top colleges and Universities. New comers to the sport of fencing, G.C. Foster College, did extremely well, entering 11 fencers; 5 who were in the top 10 with Elvis Graham, coming second behind Donovan Porter of The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI). Jahbarie Bryan and Lorenzo Allen also of G.C. Foster College came in third and fourth respectively. Porter of CMI will be a part of the fencing team to represent Jamaica in Rio. President of the Jamaican Fencing Federation (JFF), James McBean was pleased with the overall performance, indicating that the level of sportsmanship was good and that though fencing is new in Jamaica, the support from the various colleges and universities was also good.
Written by: Richard Lynch, GC Foster Media Tech Journalism Club Writer
October is observed as Breast Cancer awareness month and it is celebrated under the theme “Give Hope Save Lives.” On the 12th of October, members of the G. C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport family dedicated the day to the Survivors of Breast Cancer. Cancer, according to the World Health Organization, is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. From those figures, breast cancer accounted for 2.09 million cases.
This deadly disease starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancerous) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, however it is very rare in men.
For years, families around the world have lost their friends and loved ones to Breast cancer leaving them heartbroken, and in pain. As usual, men and women locally are being asked to show support for breast cancer survivors and those battling the disease by wearing pink ribbons or clothing.
Survivors of breast Cancer are encouraged to never give up the fight, for the battle is not for the swift but for who can endure to the end. They are also encouraged to believe that they are stronger, smarter, and twice as beautiful than they ever could imagine.
Our thoughts, prayers, support and care are with those who are suffering from this disease