NEW YORK (CMM):As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Monday.A 20-member team travelled to the island to the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which took place from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid spoke of his admiration for the organisation, and wished for its continued success.Stephen Drummond, a special guest of TJB, presented a cheque for US$10,000 to the organisation and announced a major financial boost by his law firm, Drummond & Squillace, PLLC, to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alumnus) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.Dervan Malcolm, a host on Power 106 FM and the extremely popular ‘Diaspora Live’ programme, was presented with the TJB Award for using that platform to give the diaspora a greater voice.Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only Jamaican athletes, but the schools from which many ofthem hail.Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and, consequently, the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others, who now participate or have participated in the three-day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.This year, the organisation welcomed on board Philadelphia International Medicine, which will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the athletes at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 30.The Penn Relays will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.
Adventurer Nikki Bradley, is reaching for new heights despite the crushing disappointment of finding out a Guinness World Record she thought she had broken, had actually been done ONE SECOND faster than her!Nikki Bradley believed she broke a Guinness World Record on June 25th, however, American elite runner Anna Beck-Lee did the same record ONE SECOND faster in March 2016.Due to a delay in processing records, Guinness had not updated their website at the time of Nikki’s attempt therefore making it impossible for her to know that a new time had been set. Nikki thought she was attempting to beat a time of 49 minutes when in fact the new time set by Anna was 44 minutes 20 seconds.Nikki did the 5k in 44 minutes 21 seconds.Despite enormous disappointment Nikki was determined to ‘make every second count’ and move forward with a new challenge. As part of her ongoing awareness campaign Fighting Fit For Ewing’s, Nikki regularly participates in physical challenges to highlight the importance of exercise for rehabilitation. Her August Challenge consisted of teaming up with internationally acclaimed climber, Iain Miller of http://www.uniqueascent.ie/to take on a sea stack in the wilds of County Donegal.Nikki told Donegal Daily, “Iain has played an important role in my previous challenges and he was the ideal companion on the day.“Using an inflatable boat to get out to the stack meant we were limited to carrying basics with us. A water proof rucksack, a pair of crutches and a single oar were the only items taken.“The climb was carefully planned by Iain as this challenge contained a high level of risk for a crutch user. The chance of slipping on wet rock or losing balance on the narrow grass verge on the summit was a real concern so we took no chances.“Once we disembarked from the boat they made their way to the top with surprising speed. When they reached the summit it became a balancing act. I have an 11cm leg length discrepancy caused by multiple surgeries and usually stand on my left leg with just the toe of her right foot keeping her balanced.“This can be difficult on land let alone on the top of a narrow sea stack.” Nikki was determined to ‘get back on the horse’ as quickly as possible after her set back with Guinness as she felt there was a poignant message to be found in her disappointment with her record.Nikki added, “The past week has taught me to ‘make every second count’. I am still disappointed with what happened with my record but I learned a long time ago that life can throw a curve ball at any moment. Finding a way to bounce back is the key to staying on top.“I could have easily spent the week feeling sorry for myself but I see that as a waste of my time. It won’t help anyone, least of all myself so why bother. Ploughing my energy into new and exciting things provides more satisfaction so I chose to do that instead”Nikki Bradley devastated after Guinness World Record beat by one second! was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresguinness world recordnewsnikki bradleyThe Figther