Dr Paul Wright: Sunshine Girls need proper coaching

first_imgJamaica finished fourth at the Netball World Cup. Sixteen teams participated. After months of intensive training, improved nutrition packages, foreign coaching etc., Jamaica finished fourth. The good book reports that Jesus told Lazarus to come forth. I am confident that this should not be interpreted as a directive to the Sunshine Girls in international competition. Besides, he is reported to have said ‘forth’, not fourth. Sometimes third, most times fourth, has been the mantra of our Sunshine Girls for too long. I maintain that our Girls are much, much better than fourth out of 16. Our Girls deserve better. I am hoping that after the hype and promises of the leaders of the team before departure, decency will prevail and resignations offered. We started every match in this tournament the same way, outplaying and outscoring our opponents, then they make tactical adjustments, we don’t, and we lose. In the third-place play-off against England – who we beat for bronze medal in the last Commonwealth Games in Scotland – Jamaica finished the first quarter five goals ahead of their English opponents. England never panicked. After the defeat in the Commonwealth Games, they changed coach, who immediately began concentrating on the defensive aspect of their game. Thus, the act of falling behind to Jamaica in the first quarter meant that tactics and personnel needed adjustment. Experienced defender Sonia Mkoloma was inserted (her acrobatic interceptions defied gravity) and wing defender Serena Guthrie adjusted her style, cutting off looping balls to our ace shooters, resulting in a humiliating exit for our Girls, beaten by a whopping 22 goals. The advocates of mediocrity, who seem to revel in the fact that the Sunshine Girls are the highest ranked Jamaican team in international competition, are doing our girls a great disservice. We are better than sometimes third, most times fourth. All these girls need is proper coaching. As the start of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, gets closer, the awful spectre of doping with impunity by elite athletes continues to grab headlines. I repeat the fact that the best weapon against doping in sports now seems to be confessions and leaks. The defenders of elite dopers seem to have a morbid fear of “bringing the sport into disrepute”, and will do everything in their power to hide information, quite oblivious to the fact that this lack of transparency only serves to provide incentive to dopers. At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, a group of university professionals got permission from the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to interview 1,800 of the athletes at the Championships. They discovered that an astonishing 29-34 per cent of the athletes confessed to violating the rules of doping in the previous 12 months. This information could have alerted national anti-doping agencies to add ‘target testing’ to their regime, thus increasing the possibility (however, remote that might be) of unmasking elite cheaters. Transparency is the key to good governance and ought not to be feared by those who have nothing to hide.last_img read more

Gilas pool member Edu commits to NCAA D1 school University of Toledo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re thrilled to have AJ become a member of our program,” said Kowalczyk as per UTRockets.com. “He’s a very long, athletic, skilled individual who has an unbelievable upside to his game.”“AJ wants to learn and be in a position that he gets better every year. I told him that this is the place for him to do that. I think he has a chance to be a really special player,” added Kowalczyk who will coach the Rockets until the 2022-2023 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEdu also announced on his Twitter account of the news that he would be suiting up for the Rockets for the 2018-2019 Mid-American Conference season.I am Blessed, honoured and excited to commit to the University of Toledo 🙏🚀🚀 #gorockets pic.twitter.com/mCHyP0aUYS— AJ Edu (@ArielJohnEdu) April 12, 2018“I am very honored and blessed to announce that I am achieving my dream of playing Division 1 Basketball and committing to the University of Toledo,” said Edu on his post. “This is a decision that my family and I took our time and prayed over and believe is the perfect place for me to further both my basketball career and my academics.”ADVERTISEMENT Edu is part of the Gilas Pilipinas 23 for 2023 pool, the group of players the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas are training in preparation for the 2023 Fiba World Cup, and donned the tricolor in the 2017 Fiba Under 18 3×3 World Cup.“I want to thank the SBP for giving me the opportunity to represent and play for my country at the 3×3 U18 World Cup,” said Edu. “It definitely won’t be the last time I put on the Filipino jersey.”Edu averaged 18.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game for South Gloucestershire & Stroud College where he earned first team All-Elite Academy Basketball League West Conference honors and was named the West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFil-Nigerian Gilas prospect AJ Edu announced that he is set to join NCAA Division-1 School University of Toledo after his stellar high school career with South Gloucestershire & Stroud College in Bristol in the United Kingdom.The school’s athletics website posted news of Edu’s commitment to the Rockets with head coach Tod Kowalczyk announcing that the 6’10” forward has signed his National Letter of Intent on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast UP ends UAAP volleyball Season 80 on high note, trips UE Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more