20 Jan

Jamaica to host 2018 ISKA World Championship – Government ready to assist organisers

first_imgKINGSTON: Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says a meeting will be convened with members of the organising committee – headed by Jason McKay (at the earliest possible date) – with a view to seeing how best the Government of Jamaica can assist in successfully hosting the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships (ISKA). “I am very delighted and excited by the fact that we have won the rights to host the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships,” said Grange. “It is an indication that the world of karate and kickboxing believes that our people have the ability and capacity to execute at a very high level.” Since the announcement, Grange has alerted technocrats within the ministry to the endless possibilities of hosting the championships, all in an effort to ensure that the sport and the country is positioned to maximise on the gains to be derived. “This is a massive boost to Brand Jamaica and is a challenge all of us must embrace. It is another opportunity to promote and raise awareness about our rich cultural heritage and generate revenue to the economy,” she said. “Coupled with our world-class hospitality industry, I am confident that many of our guests who will attend this event in 2018 will happily return to our shores thereafter.” Jamaica was announced as the chosen destination for the 2018 edition of the championships during the just-concluded ISKA World Championships in Germany, which was held from May 18-22. “Special commendations to the martial arts community and all other stakeholders for the role they have played so far, but rest assured that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is committed to ensuring that the 2018 ISKA World Championships will be a huge success in all areas,” she added. The sports minister also commended the entire combined martial arts team that went to the World Championships in Germany.last_img read more

11 Jan

Prentice has sense of accomplishment

first_imgPOMONA – One might say Diamond Ranch High School track standout Terry Prentice already has accomplished enough to claim a successful prep career. But that won’t stop him from trying for more. Prentice took first place in the high hurdles (13.92 seconds), 300-meter intermediate hurdles (37.42) and the long jump (24 feet, 5 inches) at last season’s CIF-Southern Section Division III finals. He also took high hurdles (14.11) and long jump (23-101/2) titles at the state meet. Considering his already stellar high school career, Prentice has some simple aspirations. “Basically, (I want) to defend my titles and hopefully improve my marks and go after the state record, which is 13.39,” Prentice said of his goal in the high hurdles. “So it’s not that far off because my personal best is 13.59 from last year, and I’m way ahead of where I was last year at this point.” And so far this season, the numbers can back that up. At the recent Simplot Games at Idaho State University, Prentice won the long jump at 24-3 – almost a foot longer than the runner-up – and ended up second after a photo finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.85. “I have a lot of confidence coming into this year, but I know a lot of guys are stepping up because the state is pretty deep this year,” Prentice said. “But I still think I’m going to be able to hold my own, especially since I’m not so much focusing on running the record but focusing on still winning state. “If I didn’t run a record, it wouldn’t be that bad if I still won a state championship.” Prentice began running track at the age of 11 when his father, Ernie, a former Garey High track coach, introduced him to the sport. “In the beginning I was fast, but I wasn’t the fastest,” Prentice said. “So that’s probably why my dad turned me on to hurdles. “He was the head coach (at Garey High), but mainly he likes the hurdles. He told me I would probably have more luck with that. When I started doing (hurdles), my sprint speed got faster, too.” Prentice burst onto the high school track scene his first year at Diamond Ranch. He set the state record for freshmen in the high hurdles and placed fifth at the state meet. He followed that up with another fifth-place finish at the state meet in his sophomore year and also won the long jump in the CIF finals. And now, as a senior, he is focused on building on his achievements and setting a good example for his fellow Panthers. “He has a tremendous influence on the rest of the kids,” Gilbert said. “I made sure to let him know that not only are you a senior, not only are you a leader on this team, but you’re the national leader … they look up to you. “He doesn’t have to be a big rah-rah guy. He doesn’t have to bring the team in and talk to the team and motivate the team. That’s my job. All he needs to do is lead by example. “He does that exceptionally well.” Prentice’s focus is on the upcoming season, but his future at USC still weighs on his mind. “I know it’s going to be a load, but hopefully I can handle it. I think I can handle it,” he said. “Hopefully I can still run great times and improve a lot because they have some great coaches over there.” Gilbert agreed. “Anywhere he goes he’s going to be successful,” Gilbert said. “I think he’s going to do well (at USC). He’s a great kid, as good as they come.” darren.spoon@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The senior already ranks in the top 10 nationally in the 110-meter high hurdles and is looking forward to competing for USC next season. And even with all that he has accomplished in his three seasons with the Panthers, he already has put himself ahead of the curve to begin the 2007 season. “He’s matured a lot,” Diamond Ranch head coach Jeff Gilbert said. “He’s added extra muscle and he has more foot speed this year. He’s pretty much started off right now in the off-season where he left off at the end of last year. It’s amazing to see where he’s at.” last_img read more