Monday, 1 April 2013

IN THE MIX: Laura Butler's plans for Miss J'ca World + Warren Weir on life and love + Usain Bolt satisfied with season kick-off

“I had intense discussions with Julia Morley, chairman of Miss World, putting forward my vision and in it stressed the plans to encourage entrepreneurship, especially as it relates to local designers, as well as maintaining the standards set by the former franchise holder.” So explains Laura 'Candy' Butler, the new franchise holder of the Miss Jamaica World pageant, taking over the reins from Mickey Haughton-James, who had been associated with the event since 1976. Butler, who organised the 2002 staging (and was a top 10 finalist in 1995) believes her background in training and association with the pageant gave her the edge. For 2013 and beyond, she has big plans for the pageant. “What I will say at this time is that training will be a major focus of the pageant," she points out. "Not just grooming and interview skills, but areas such as protocol, business, and social etiquette, as well as image building and leadership skills."  
Following his well-deserved Prime Minister's Youth Award win for excellence in sports, track star Warren Weir granted a sit-down interview with the Sunday Gleaner to dish on everything from his ascent in the ranks of world sprinting to his favourite pastimes to being a one-woman man. "The demands of my relationship are manageable, as we have learnt over time to compromise and just enjoy life with each other," says the Olympic bronze medallist, who proposed to longtime sweetheart Natalya McGhie on New Year's Eve. "The public spotlight has just been more of a motivating force to keep me extra focused on track and field." 
"It was definitely a good start to the season," says sprint phenom Usain Bolt, analyzing his sizzling 14.42-second performance in the Mano a Mano challenge in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday. "I'm just looking forward to continuing and staying injury-free. If I'm invited, I'll definitely come back. I enjoy it here. It's a wonderful weather." Rio will also play host to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

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