President of the Jamaica Taekwondo Federation, Conrad Jenkins, is now the only local Olympic style Taekwondo Grandmaster.On December 7 at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City, president of the WTF, Dr Chungwon Choue, together with Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) president, Grandmaster Ji Ho Choi, presented Jenkins with his Seventh Dan Black Belt certificate.In addition, on December 9 at the Sala de Armas ( Fencing Olympic Venue), Jenkins and Guillermo Rodriquez of Venezuela were jointly awarded best male referees, while Hee Young Kim of Korea was awarded best female referee. Male and female teams from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia,Korea, China, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Ivory Coast, Mexico, USA and Belgium competed at the World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City.President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell, has congratulated Jenkins on achieving “this high distinction” while secretary general of the JOA, Christopher Samuda, remarked that he is not surprised as Jenkins has “consistently demonstrated his pedigree and credentials.”
Good day anticipated Waterhouse will play Arnett at 6 p.m., moving away from the earlier starts at home this season, and Young says it could work in his team’s favour. “We will get some more people to come to the game. It should be a good day to get the desired result – a win. We will treat every game as a final based on where we are in the Premier League standings,” he noted. “We will try to win as many games as we can but will be going at it one game at a time,” Young, who left a coaching job in the United States to be at Waterhouse, said. “I bring a certain amount of professionalism, and the players have bought into it,” he claimed. Young also disclosed that veteran Kevin Lamey, who was a prolific scorer for Waterhouse in the past, could be used this season as a player-coach. “Lamey is a part of the plans but will not be included against Arnett. He is an experienced striker and is helping to guide the young ones. He is in training.” Young said. Waterhouse FC’s technical director and senior team head coach, Paul Young, is aiming to start the New Year on a positive note when they host defending champions Arnett Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday. The Drewsland-based club is rooted at the bottom of the 12-team standings on 15 points from 18 games. Third-place Arnett Gardens are on 32 points, but despite the gap between the teams, a fierce contest is anticipated. Waterhouse started the season with Calvert Fitzgerald as coach, but he was quickly replaced by Anthony Patrick. Young, who took over the team on December 10, is yet to win after two games. Both ended in drawn results. With 15 games remaining in the preliminary stage, the former Reggae Boy striker believes he can move the team to safety first and a possible semi-final spot. “The effort is there at training every day. The attitude is good, and the team spirit is good, so I’m looking forward to good things on Sunday. It’s not that the players are not training because they are at the bottom of the league. The atmosphere is different,” Young told The Gleaner in an interview at the Red Stripe Premier League weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday.
New captain John Campbell is hoping for a change in fortunes when the Jamaica Scorpions meet title-hopefuls Barbados Pride in the eighth round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional League at Sabina Park, beginning today. Parachuted into the leadership position last weekend following the axing of fellow opener, Paul Palmer Jr, Campbell lost his opening game in charge to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by eight wickets. This followed another below average batting display by the Scorpions, who made 225 in their first innings and 155 in their second. “I would have loved to have started off with a win, but it didn’t happen,” said Campbell. “However, I have to try and put that behind me. We have three games left, and I am definitely looking forward to winning these three games.” Set for a 10 a.m. start, third-place Jamaica, on 60 points, will enter the contest with three wins, four defeats and a mere mathematical chance of winning the title. FOUR WINS This is in comparison to Barbados, who with four wins, two draws and a defeat, are second on 90 points, 17 off league leaders and title favourites Guyana Jaguars, with three rounds of matches to go. “We are not playing the best cricket at the moment, but I think we will get there,” stated Campbell, one of several batsmen in the team who is yet to score a century in 14 first class innings. Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, with a ton in the fourth round, is the only player to pass triple figures. “We definitely do have the talent inside the dressing room, but talent is not all; production is it. “It’s kind of hard to be positive when you’re not getting any runs, or you’re trying to survive. But we need to believe in ourselves some more,” Campbell stated. “We are playing for Jamaica, so we are good enough, and as such, need to look into ourselves. The Scorpions will enter the contest with three changes to their 13-man squad. This is after the Wavell Hinds-led selection panel dropped West Indies fast bowler, Sheldon Cottrell and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley; and left out Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood. According to the Jamaica Cricket Association, the latter has not fully recovered from an injury sustained against the Red Force. Replacing the trio are young batsman Brandon King, who was dropped after the team’s first two matches; Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith; and left-arm seamer Gavon Brown. Barbados, in the meantime, have brought their strongest available team, which includes West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite. The other West Indies players in the 13 are batsmen Jonathan Carter and Kyle Hope and Omar Phillips, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and left-arm spinner, Jomel Warrican. Exciting fast bowler, Miguel Cummins, who was drafted for West Indies recent tour of Australia but did not play, is also in the Barbados squad.