Two students from the GC Foster College were certified as official Beach Volleyball Referees. Bradley Nelson and Chevanese Johnson, students in the Bachelor in Education programme at the College, successfully completed both theoretical and practical assessments established by the Jamaica Volleyball Referees Association (JaVRA). The certification course has qualified them to officiate at both local and International beach Volleyball games, as it has been sanctioned by the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) and the FIVB. The two will officiate at the 2019 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour and also in the 2020 Olympic qualifiers for female. G.C. Foster College lauds this accomplishment and encourages other students to capitalize on these opportunities.
Eleven athletes from the G.C. Foster College/Sprintec Track Club were selected to be members of the World Championship team that will represent Jamaica in Doha, Qatar from September 27 to October 6, 2019.
The members of the Jamaica contingent comprising of 55 athletes were revealed at the JAAA Press Conference held on Wednesday September 11 at the Courtyard Marriott in Kingston. This inclusion of G.C. Foster College / Sprintec Track Club is an improvement to the historic qualification to the World Championship in 2017 where 10 athletes from both entities were selected to represent Jamaica in London.
The list of athletes from GC Foster College / Sprintec Track Club include:
Jamaica’s Under-19 Boys and Under-18 Girls’ volleyball team coaches are positive about upcoming results despite the lack of adequate recent preparation. Jamaica will host the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Youth Tournament, which runs from today to Saturday at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in Angels, St Catherine. It will also feature Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, US Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, and Suriname.
Under-19 Boys coach Steve Davis, who guided Jamaica to the championship in 2015, is hoping they can defend their title despite lack of experience and preparation.
“Yes, we want to defend our title, however, based on the fact that we have no experience of what the opposing teams bring, we will have to wait and see,” he said. “You can rest assured that we will give it our best shot. The boys have come a long way based on their skill set from when they started, so we should get a good show from them.
“They (players) have no experience whatsoever. These are new kids from the high school programme. We have not had preparation time like the last set that we entered in the club league for the experience. However, we had some senior players come in on a daily basis for some practice games, so they got a bit of experience from it.”
Under-18 Girls coach, Shedeiky Hamilton-Barnes said that age restrictions prevented them from fielding a stronger team but believes that the youngsters will compete proudly.
“Compared to the boys, we are nowhere close,” she said. “This set of girls that I got were fairly new to volleyball because of the age limit by CAZOVA, so these girls are, basically, under 15. I pretty much had to teach them the game. I don’t think we had enough time to prepare.
“I am hoping for the best. I guess the other countries are faced with the same issues, so I believe we can do it (compete). They just have to go out there and play hard and as a team. This will be their first time representing their country, and I believe they will do so proudly.”
With the island's top stars off to Europe, Tissanna Hickling delighted fans at Saturday's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) All-Comers meet with a booming long jump effort that surpassed the World Championships qualifying standard.
Jumping in the white and brown of the GC Foster College for Physical Education and Sport, Hickling lined up her first jump perfectly and soared 6.82 metres.
The personal best mark put her 10 centimetres past the World Championships qualifying standard of 6.72 metres and made her the number 3 Jamaican long jumper of all time.
Hickling, a star during her days at St Jago High School, wasn’t surprised. “For the past weeks, I’ve been working really hard, so it was expected this evening, ” she said afterwards. Nevertheless, she was grateful that the qualifying mark had been attained. “I’m very relieved, I’m relieved and I give God thanks for that as well,” she said.
Her performance on Saturday also buried her former lifetime best in the sand at 6.70 metres and leaves her behind only Elva Goulbourne, the 2000 Olympic finalist, and Lacena Golding on the Jamaican all-time list at 7.16 and 6.87 metres, respectively.
Seemingly an inch or two taller than she was in high school, Hickling is looking ahead to the June 20-23 National Senior Championships and to jumps beyond 7 metres. “Just putting in the work, getting the right technique off the board, getting the right aggression in the run-up and I should get there by Trials, hopefully,” she said.
The meet also saw a smooth 100 metre effort from 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. The Racers Track Club sprinter left the pack at the halfway point and strode to a time of 10.26 seconds. Queried late in May, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic relay gold medallist stated: “I always show up at Trials so I’m just looking forward for Trials right now and make the team.”
The 400 metre hurdles events went to Bailey-Cole’s fellow 2014 Commonwealth champion Kaliese Spencer-Carter in 57.24 seconds and 2017 World Championship team member Ricardo Cunningham in 50.57 seconds, respectively. First year professional Anthony Carpenter looked steady in his section of the 200, winning in 20.89 seconds, and Petersfield’s 400 and 400 hurdles Carifta champion Shaquena Foote did some speed work with a 12.11 second trip in the 100 metres.
Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High School, and St Jago’s sprinter/hurdler Vashon Vascianna controlled their wins in the 100 metres. Davis was alone when she covered the ground in 11.36 seconds and Vascianna cruised home in 10.69 seconds.