Grange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships

first_imgRelatedGrange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships RelatedGrange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships Grange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships SportMarch 10, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, MP says the Government is giving significant support to the staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships being held in Jamaica next month.During a tour of stadium pool facilities today, Minister Grange said that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture – through the Sports Development Foundation – had allocated 1.8 million dollars towards the purchase of swimming equipment which will be used during the championships.Minister Grange observed first hand the progress of repairs at the stadium pools. Work is focussed on replacing pipes and fittings under the pool deck which have been leaking for a long time.The General Manager of Independence Park Limited (which manages the National Stadium complex) Major Desmon Brown, said the repairs would be completed in time for the start of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships on April 3.Funding for the repairs at the stadium pools was provided by the Sports Development Foundation. RelatedGrange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championshipslast_img read more

Mind games of the victorious

first_imgChicago Tribune:For decades after the first sports psychology lab was established in 1920 in Germany, mental coaches have been the water boys of sports science, viewed by their colleagues as not quite good enough to make the first-string team.That has changed. Virtually every top professional team and elite athlete has a psychologist on speed dial for help conquering the yips – when stress makes crucial muscles jerk and ruins, say, an archery shot – marshal the power of visualization, or just muster the confidence that can mean the difference between medaling or just muddling through.But a more important reason for the improved reputation of sports psychology is the solid science demonstrating the effect of the mental game on athletic performance.A 2011 study, for instance, examined U.S. National Basketball Association players’ free throws. Their success rate is 6 to 9 percentage points lower when their team trails by a point or two with 15 seconds or less left on the clock. Researchers at Oregon State University reported the findings in the Journal of Sports Economics.When free throws can mean the difference between a win and a loss – that is, when it’s clutch time – the resulting stress makes many players choke.But the power of the mind is sufficiently great that it can even trump reality.Scientists have known since the 1990s that athletes who look at a target without moving their eyes have better success making soccer penalty kicks, basketball free throws, golf putts and other challenges where aim is crucial. But why does “quiet eye,” as it’s called, help?One idea was that by keeping the gaze fixed on the target the athlete could better ignore distractions. But scientists led by Purdue University’s Jessica Witt, a psychology professor and 2005 Ultimate Frisbee team gold medalist, had a different hunch. They asked whether quiet eye changes how a target looks: objects seen in the center of the eye, called the fovea, appear larger than those seen in peripheral vision. Could that improve aim?Read the whole story: Chicago Tribunelast_img read more

High school girls basketball: Parkway, Haughton notch 1-5A wins; Bossier, Plain Dealing post non-district…

first_imgThe Parkway Lady Panthers and Haughton Lady Bucs won District 1-5A games Saturday. At Bossier, Sanaa Brown poured in 21 points to lead the Lady Kats.  Mikaylah Williams led the Lady Panthers with 20 points. Jada Hardy added nine. At Haughton, Taralyn Sweeney poured in 33 points to lead the Lady Bucs past Airline. Williams scored 12 in the second half, including five in the fourth. She and Hardy hit 3-pointers in the third quarter. Airline had trouble getting going offensively in the first half, scoring just 12 points. With Kori Rice and Kayla Hampton scoring six each, the Lady Vikings tallied 16 in the third quarter to stay within striking distance. Plain Dealing (8-10) has won three in a row.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Shreve’s Jordan McLemore led all scorers with 26. Addison Martin added 21. Defending district and 5A state champion Shreve (12-5, 4-0) leads the district. Benton (15-4, 3-1) is second followed by Natchitoches Central (8-7, 2-1), Parkway (16-4, 2-2), Southwood (12-4, 2-2), Byrd (13-6, 1-2), Haughton (10-7, 1-3) and Airline (12-10, 0-4). Kennedee Shelton and Raven Johnson led the Lady Cowboys with 14 points each. In non-district games, Bossier topped Wossman 59-31 at Bossier and Plain Dealing defeated Lakeview 53-51 at Lakeview. Sweeney scored 18 in the first three quarters to help Haughton take a 35-28 lead. Zakiyah Williams added 12 and Laterrica Stewart 11.  In a battle for sole possession of the district lead, Benton fell to Captain Shreve 70-61 at Shreve.  Shreve took a 51-47 lead into the fourth. Benton rallied from much bigger deficits to win its last two games against Red River and Parkway, but the Lady Gators extended the lead. Hampton paced Airline with 14 points. Rice chipped in with eight and Toria Brocks had seven. Free throws were a key factor in the game. Parkway edged Southwood 43-42 at Southwood and Haughton downed Airline 54-38 at Haughton. Qua Chambers and Jada Anderson led Benton with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Alisa Harris added 14 and Makaila Antwine eight. But Airline had no answer for Sweeney in the fourth and Haughton pulled away. At Southwood, Parkway bounced back from a tough overtime loss against Benton on Tuesday. At Lakeview, Dana Wainwright led Plain Dealing with 24 points. The Lady Gators were 20 of 22 from the line, including 8 of 8 in the fourth quarter. McLemore was almost perfect, sinking 11 of 12. The Lady Tigers made just 4 of 17. At Shreve, Benton got off to a good start and led 21-13 after the first quarter. But the Lady Tigers cooled off in the second and the Lady Gators got within one at the half. Jazmin Ford added 14 and Kelcee Marshall eight. Zahria Shyne added eight points for the Lady Bucs. In the fourth, she was 8 of 11 from the free throw line and also hit a 3-pointer en route to 15 points. Brown scored 15 in the first half as Bossier (9-9) rolled to a 36-11 lead. A strong defensive effort helped Parkway build a 17-12 first-half lead. The Lady Panthers took a four-point advantage into the fourth quarter.last_img read more