McLaughlin-Whilby looks for success in 400m

first_imgAnneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, who in her first Olympics last year copped silver with Jamaica’s 4x400m women’s relay team, returned to training last week with her sights set on the 400m at next year’s IAAF World Championships in London next year. The former Holmwood Technical standout, now a 30-year-old wife, last summer, copped an all important medal which was, no doubt, the missing part of a very resplendent youth career. “I started training this week, so I am very excited. I would say I had a wonderful season last year; 2016 was good for me and a comeback year for me,” she outlined. “I made my first Olympic team and I got a silver medal in the women’s 4x400m,” the athlete continued, in company of her number-one fan and husband Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Captain Cortess Whilby. They were present at a ceremony for the country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday night. “I definitely think my best is yet to come seeing as I changed to the 400m, so the room for improvement is great, and I am just looking forward to next season,” she continued. “Personally, I don’t really set short-term goals. I do it one step at a time as the season progresses. I don’t really have times that I would like to meet; I just look to go out there and compete to do my best and surpass my previous marks,” she told The Gleaner. In 2002, the talented athlete was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the Carifta Games. However, she never made the expected transition onto the world stage. She finished fifth in the 200m final at the 2009 IAAF World Championships and reached the Commonwealth Games final also, then dropped the 200m to pursue the 400m at the National trials prior to the Rio Olympics. She is still working with high school coach Maurice Wilson. “I just hope to train hard and stay injury free and, hopefully, I will make the World Championships team,” added the athlete. She was backed by a husband who is also the JDF’s sports team captain. “It was a good feeling when she and her team picked up that medal. I’m hoping for the best for her. She did well this season and we are looking for better next season, hopefully God is on her side and she stays injury free and will pull through with gold,” Captain Whilby pointed out. He noted that he will be hoping to travel to London to support his wife. “Well, my boss is here. Hopefully, there is nothing in the country that requires me here, and, hopefully, I can go,” he remarked. “I do think she has her best to come.” HARD WORK AHEADlast_img read more


first_imgA High Court action by a Donegal woman abused as a child by her Irish dancing teacher has been put on hold to await the result of his Supreme Court appeal.
Michael Quigley of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny is challenging a ruling from last year that ordered him to pay 42-year-old Dana Doherty €400,000 damages.Her lawyers say the former printer and dance teacher has not paid her any of the award and has claimed that he is a man of no means. He is retired form his job and has no regular means of income.She claims he got a substantial payment when he took voluntary redundancy as a printer with the Derry Journal in the late 1990s, and had also made good money from his dancing classes in Derry and Letterkenny.They are now challenging the transfer of two houses owned by Mr Quigley to his wife Alice in 1998 and 2000 in which no money changed hands.Both sides have now agreed to adjourn the case until after his appeal.Mr Quigley, 69, had sought to keep his identity a secret during the case but Ms Doherty won the right to name her abuser.Through her solcitor, Ms Doherty, had said she hopes the relevant authorities in Irish dancing circles, on hearing her story, will ensure all necessary steps are taken to protect children under their care.By taking this civil action, Ms Doherty had at last had her voice heard and she was eternally grateful to two fellow Irish dancers who came forward to corroborate her evidence, he said.Mr Quigley has always maintained his innocence.CASE AGAINST DANCE TEACHER PUT ON HOLD AS VICTIM CHALLENGES HOUSE OWNERSHIP was last modified: July 6th, 2012 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:DANA DOHERTYIrish dance teacherMICHAEL QUIGLEYsex abuselast_img read more

Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Mobile App Powered By MidAmerican Energy Now Available

first_imgThe app is available both in the Apple App Store and via Google Play by clicking here.  The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee begin inside Drake Stadium on April 24 with the first of four days of competition featuring some of the world’s best professional athletes, collegiate and Iowa high school competitors. The free app features the Drake Relays schedule, heat sheets, live results, Hy-Vee Cup standings, athlete information, social media connections, maps, records and much more. Users of the app will also receive the most recent and accurate Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee information sent directly to their device via push notifications including event winners and other Relays news of note. Story Links Download the app center_img Fans who downloaded last year’s app will need to delete that copy from their device and install the 2019 version to ensure they receive all the features the app has to offer. Tickets for all sessions of the Drake Relays are available by visiting the Drake Athletic Ticket Office, calling 515-271-3647 or visiting Friendly Version As the 110th running of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee nears, fans can prepare for the Relays and receive the most up-to-date information leading up to and during the Relays by downloading the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee app powered by MidAmerican Energy.last_img read more

Its been five years since the Arizona Cardinals p

first_imgIt’s been five years since the Arizona Cardinals played in Super Bowl XLIII against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Sunday two prominent players from that 2008-09 team moved one step closer to getting back to the big game — albeit with different squads.Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who finally broke through and earned his first Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, caught a game-high eight receptions for 136 yards, as the San Francisco 49ers dispatched of the Carolina Panthers by a final of 23-10 in Charlotte. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For Boldin, next Sunday’s appearance in the NFC title game against the Seattle Seahawks will mark his third in a conference championship game. In his two prior appearances, Boldin recorded nine catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.Boldin’s former teammate, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, also had a hand in his team’s divisional round victory, as he recorded four solo tackles and a game-high three pass deflections in the Denver Broncos’ 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers.The former Cardinals first-round pick, who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles along with a second-round pick for Kevin Kolb back in July 2011, has three interceptions on the year to go along with 31 tackles. Rodgers-Cromartie and the Broncos will host the New England Patriots next Sunday for the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII.Former Arizona offensive lineman Adam Snyder (49ers), linebacker O’Brien Schofield (Seahawks) and linebacker Paris Lenon (Broncos) will also be participants in the conference championship games. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more