The Black Athlete..Diversity of Track & Field

first_imgOMAR TYREEFor the past five weekends, my wife and I have sat through countless hours of indoor track and field meets, where my youngest son, Canoy, runs the 1,000 meters as one of the Top 10, middle distance, high school sophomores in the state of North Carolina. After years of playing organized basketball, baseball, football and recently soccer, we’re sure glad that he found track and field. It’s become a great equalizer for him… and for us as hopeful parents.As my son likes to joke, “Track isn’t really even a sport. All you do is this…” as he shuffles his arms and legs forward mimicking a robot. My son now knows that thousands of kids take track and field very seriously. Some of them have definitely inherited genetic information from their parents for speed, but the majority of consistently good runners have learned to work for it, while putting in mile after mile of breathing, striding, keeping their form and channeling their minds over their body’s to finish a strong race and not give in to fatigue.A dedicated football player in my own high school years, I’ve understood the importance of track and field for decades. Quality running goes hand in hand with nearly every other sport. But after running track from 4th through 8th grade in elementary school, I didn’t return to it until my senior year of high school, where I was talked into running the 400 meter hurdles and the 4×400 meter relay. Well, guess what I ended doing in my freshman in college at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 instead of playing football? I ran more track.Track and field is that one sport where a person’s body type, weight and height don’t really matter. You simply find the event that fits you the best. Although my youngest son is now several inches taller than his older brother, Canoy is still not tall enough to legitimately play his first love of basketball at the next level. You have to be the toughest point guard in the world when you’re still under six feet. Neither of sons have the body size or physicality to play football like I did. Baseball got tossed in the garage with our old leather catching gloves, and soccer has now been reduced to a traveling sport of club teams, with a very slim chance of earning a scholarship for it.So my son Canoy came full circle and found track and field in his freshman year, while learning to run the same event that his mother ran for four years at Howard University, the 800 meters. He’s perfectly built for the 800 as well; long and slim. Only a 15-year-old sophomore, my son still has a few years left to put on some needed weight and muscle. He may even grow a few more inches.While watching, literally, thousands of kids compete in indoor track and field events these past few months, my wife and I have witnessed hardworking boys and girls of every race, class, creed, height, weight, body size, and all on the same track. On a cultural level, it’s been really inspiring. Track and field is the true American melting pot of sports.Of course, you still have your cultural separations depending on the different events. Black kids continue to dominate the sprints, while White kids dominate the distance events. The cut off seems to be the 800 meters, right where my son has landed. He doesn’t want to go up and run the mile or the 1,600 with the endurance-running White kids, and he’s terrified of even trying the 400, where some of the powerful Black football players await.The high jump, long jump and triple jump competitions remain dominated by long kids with springs for legs and agile bodies, and mostly Black boys are winning. But not so much with young women – White girls hang right in there on every jumping event. Pole vaulting? Nope. You won’t find too many Black kids lined up for that, but you do have a few.Then, you head over to the shot put and discus throw areas for the track and field beefcakes. Most of these kids have their minds set to compete for several years too, as they will all grow stronger, more experienced and more confident with age. Just like my son will.I hate to put increased pressure on him, but track and field kids still receive full scholarships to college all across this country. In fact, I ran with half dozen Jamaicans at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. Young Jamaican kids continue to flood the country every year at Philadelphia’s famous Penn Relays Carnival, seeking hundreds opportunities. So if your sons and daughters are not doing anything else, try them out on a track and field team before it’s too late, and see what events they could specialize in as they learn and grow.Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction, and a professional journalist, who has published 27 books, including co-authoring Mayor For Life; The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr. View more of his career and work @ www.OmarTyree.comlast_img read more

Galway Senior Club Camogie Championship results

first_imgThere were 4 games last night in the Galway senior club camogie championship. With all the details, here is Darren Kelly… Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Senior+Camogie+Wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Sarsfields 3-19 St. Thomas 1-11Killimor 1-12 Kinvara 1-5Mullagh 2-10 Eyrecourt 0-6Cappataggle 3-11 Castlegar 2-8last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Whitewater Ski Team

first_imgThe Whitewater Ski Team recently completed a season for the ages on the slopes in and around BC and Canada.Whitewater boasted 150 athletes and 17 coaches this year — the largest roster in its history. The Nancy Greene program registered 110 of those racers which gives the club growth that isn’t going to be stopping anytime soon.Whitewater sent six skiers to the BC Games in Kamloops this season and had one competitor, Henry Leischman, participate in the U16 Nationals in Ontario.In addition to these milestones, Whitewater Ski Team traveled far and wide for the regular Nancy Greene and Provincial race series’, taking young skiers to compete both in towns as close as Salmo, Rossland, and Grand Forks, and further afield to Kimberley, Whistler and Banff.Whitewater also hosted the Zone Finals with more than 200 skiers.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute coaches, organizers and skiers with Team of the Week honours.last_img read more

Digicel Guyana launches 10th anniversary with charity drive

first_imgIn two weeks’ time, telecommunications giant Digicel will be celebrating its 10th year of operations in Guyana, and the company has kicked off its celebrations with a massive charity drive.According to Digicel Marketing Executive Jacqueline James, the company will be focused on giving back to its customers throughout the year.“For this year we are focusing on charity; we are focusing on giving back to community, so that will be our main thing for our anniversary celebrations thisSt John Bosco Orphanage was the first stop as Digicel Guyana embarks on a massive charity drive ahead of its 10 year anniversarymonth and there is no better way to start.” The first stop of the charity drive was at the St John Bosco Orphanage in Plaisance, East Coast Demerara on Tuesday morning. During the drive, the company donated items such as books (both exercise and reading), back packs with pencils, and school shoes to the 50-odd young boys at the orphanage.James, along with the Digicel team, interacted with the boys and even assisted some of them in trying on their new pair of much-needed school shoes. The boys, whose ages range from four to 16 years, were delighted to accept the acts of kindness and thanked the company for remembering them. The children were also treated to a light snack early in the morning before heading off to school with their new gear. In addition, Digicel also presented the administrators of the orphanage with a brand new washing machine.According to the company’s Marketing Executive, Digicel will be undertaking several similar initiatives in commemoration of its anniversary.“So, this year, for Digicel’s 10th anniversary we are doing 10 charities prior to our anniversary celebrations on February 14th. So, 10 days prior to that, we will be doing charities. So, every day, we will be out doing something, somewhere within Guyana…So we have a lot of places we gave to visit – all in 10 days.”Moreover, James noted that during this charity drive, the company would also be focused on the special needs schools such as Gifted Hands, Tuschen Deaf Academy, New Amsterdam Special Needs and the Linden Special Care Projects.Furthermore, Digicel’s Marketing Head has pledged the company’s continued commitment to charity, noting that it could be called upon at any time.The St John Bosco Orphanage, which has been providing a home for orphaned boys since 1879, is run by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy, which is represented by Mother Superior Julie Matthews, who is the Director and Grace Daniels, the Administrator.last_img read more

Guyana, China to strengthen cooperation ties

first_imgPresident David Granger met on Wednesday with China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun, at State House to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries. The Ambassador was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Mission, Yang Chenqi, and Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy, Shen Huiyong. Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Patrick West, was also present.During the meeting, President Granger explained that poor infrastructure,President David Granger in conversation with Ambassador Cui Jianchun and his delegation at State Houseparticularly in the hinterland, has impeded the development of tourism, agriculture, and the extractive sectors, and has been a deterrent to foreign investors. Noting that there is an existing cooperation agreement between the GDF and the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Head of State said Guyana could benefit tremendously from infrastructure development training for GDF officers.“We want to develop a strong engineering corps at the GDF, so that they can make a bigger contribution to infrastructure development in this country,” the Head of State said.The Ambassador has informed the President of his plan to convene a forum to further engage the Government of Guyana in discussions, so as to identify priority areas in which the two countries can collaborate.last_img read more

Transfer blow for Man United! Bayern Munich enter race for £20m-rated star

first_img Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan 1 Bayern Munich are ready to battle Manchester United for the signature of Ilkay Gundogan.The midfielder will have one year remaining on his contract with Borussia Dortmund in the summer and is expected to leave the club.Manchester United have already been linked with a £20m bid as manager Louis van Gaal looks to bolster his squad for next season.However, according to Bild, Bayern Munich have now contacted Dortmund to express their interest in the 24-year-old.The German champions have poached Dortmund’s star players in both of the previous summer transfer windows – signing Mario Gotze in 2013 and Robert Lewandowski a year later.And they are now determined to make it three in a row with Pep Guardiola placing Gundogan high on his list of summer transfer targets.last_img read more

INDEPENDENCE DAY BARN DANCE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARY

first_imgDonegal Donkey Sanctuary are running a fundraising barn dance this Friday night July the 4th to help towards replacement of vital equipment stolen in a robbery at their premises in early April.Supporters may remember that lots of equipment, such as the quad trailer and feed barrow along with a lot of smaller day to day animal handling equipment were heartlessly taken from the sanctuary buildings as well as extensive amounts of items from the family home.The Barn Dance, which has an American Independence Day theme will be held in the new barn and is an opportunity for people have a look at the facilities available at the centre and get some idea of how it operates to rescue and rehome hundreds of otherwise unwanted animals. Music is by the very popular David Craig and his Band with supporting disco.BBQ and bar on the night, starting at 10pm ‘til late!Garth Brooks tickets to be raffled on the night, western style dress optional!So come on cowboys and cowgirls join the fun this weekend and make it a night to remember! See you there! 🙂 INDEPENDENCE DAY BARN DANCE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARY was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barn dancedonegal donkey sanctuaryFeaturesfundraisingnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Man United make contact with wonderkid Guardiola dubbed ‘excellent young player’

first_img talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium Getty Images Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 9.01%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manchester United have contacted West Ham over a potential deal for Declan Rice, according to reports.The 20-year-old made 34 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season and his form resulted in a senior England debut in March. LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED JIBE Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa REAL DEAL 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder deals center_img Rice, who was lauded by Man City boss Pep Guardiola last year, only signed a new long-term deal in December.“Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top English player for many years to come,” Guardiola said.The former Chelsea academy player insists he is fully focused on the Hammers, but revealed his desire to play Champions League football one day.Last month, he said: “I know that there’s speculation but during the season last year I just signed a new five-year contract with West Ham. punished latest whoops IN DEMAND Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Football’s top transfers from the 2019 summer transfer window so far Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to view Rice as an ideal replacement for departing midfielder Ander Herrera, who leaves the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.But The Sun claim West Ham would only be tempted to sell their most prized asset for around £80million. England Under-21s vs France Under-21s (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTJapan vs England (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTScotland vs Argentina (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2England Under-21s vs Romania Under-21s (Friday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star “So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans, the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment.“I’m not thinking about anything else.“You want to play in the Champions League. If you were in football and you didn’t want to do that there’d be no point playing.” boost Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January last_img read more

Tottenham ‘edging closer’ to €60m signing, update on Dybala and Lukaku swap

first_img getty targets Lukaku and Dybala swap clubs before next Thursday’s transfer deadline Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, talkSPORT has been told.Spurs have been linked with an interest in the highly-rated Argentine all summer, with reports in Spain claiming the transfer was ’80 per cent done’ at the start of July, but the long-awaited move has yet to happen. three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Dybala was linked with a surprise move to Tottenham but looks more likely to join Man United 3 That has led to frustration from Spurs fans and manager Mauricio Pochettino, who made his feelings about the club’s lack of summer incomings loud and clear earlier this week.The boss rekindled the speculation over his long-term future in charge at White Hart Lane by revealing he ‘knows nothing’ about, and has no input in, the club’s transfer plans.But, according to talkSPORT correspondent Alex Crook, Tottenham are finally set to land playmaker Lo Celso in a €60million deal – welcome news for the disgruntled supporters and boss. 3 Meanwhile, Crook brought us the latest on Manchester United and their discussions over a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and Juventus forward Dybala.That deal now appears to be off, with the clubs now considering separate transfers for both players.And negotiations are said to be ‘progressing well’.He added: “This is an interesting one because it’s looked all the way that this would be a swap deal, maybe with a bit of cash going from Manchester United to Juventus. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Getty Images Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Speaking on talkSPORT host Jim White’s transfer round-up on Thursday, Crook said: “It looks like Tottenham are edging close to the signing of Giovani Lo Celso.“Sources in Spain are saying they are going to pay €60m and that Lo Celso will be offered a five-year contract.“Real Betis are more willing to do business now after they snapped up Nabil Fekir from Lyon.“And what a big boost this is going to be for Tottenham, particularly on the back of those comments from Pochettino earlier in the week when clearly he was getting frustrated by the lack of activity.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Getty TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TRANSFER NEWS AND GOSSIP Giovani Lo Celso scored 16 goals for Real Betis last season and has been compared to Christian Eriksen The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets REVEALED 3 LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? “But my understanding is this could now end up being two separate transfers, all to try and speed up the process.“Talks between the clubs are progressing well and Inter Milan, who were the frontrunners to sign Lukaku, have all-but given up hope now as they believe he is off to Juventus.“But it wont be a swap deal from what I’m being told, it will be United paying for Dybala and Juventus paying money the other way for Lukaku.“Also, Manchester United still have to pay Everton some additional money from the original Lukaku transfer due to clauses in his deal.”last_img read more

Inverness raise Challenge Cup scheduling concerns with SPFL

first_imgInverness Caledonian Thistle have raised concerns over the Challenge Cup semi final scheduling to the SPFL.The Highlanders are due to play Northern Irish side Crusaders on Sunday, February 18th at 5.15pm with the game shown live on BBC Alba.Inverness have published the full letter chairman Graham Rae has sent to SPFL secretary Iain Blair, stressing the club’s disappointment.They cite loss of income due to their time in the Championship and say the challenging cup arrangements have been “less than satisfactory.” Inverness have only had one home game on a Saturday at 3pm in the competition so far. They opened their campaign against Aberdeen Colts at Glebe Park in September and knocked Falkirk out in a 5.15 kick off.They are concerned they will now struggle to market the semi final which would normally attract “significant interest.”Rae says he does not expect the SPFL to change the fixture but felt it was important to stress “it certainly does not suit supporters of either club.”While questioning if the tournament will still go ahead next season, Rae hopes the governing body will not make the same mistake again in the future. “I thought it was important to bring our concerns to your attention and trust that the arrangements for next year’s tournament, should it go ahead, are significantly more advantageous to clubs and supporters,” he said in the closing line of the letter.An SPFL spokesman said: “We have received Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s letter and will address the points raised directly with the club.”The New Saints and Dumbarton will meet in the other semi final on Saturday, February 17th at 7.35pm.last_img read more