Thursday, 21 January 2016

COFFEE TALK: News and notes, starring Ebony Patterson, the Sunshine Girls, and Usain Bolt

HIGH PERFORMANCE: Sunshine Girls to welcome back former head coach?
At the recent National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Kingston, TALLAWAH caught up with netball legend Connie Francis, who revealed that she could be returning to full-time coaching duties with the senior Sunshine Girls sometime this year. “I’m supposed to be doing some work with the girls on a regular basis, but I don’t want to say too much about it until it’s been confirmed,” she told us during a brief interview at the ceremony. Her guarded optimism is understandable, given the status quo at Netball Jamaica, which has just welcomed a new president (Paula Daley-Morris) in the wake of Marva Bernard’s departure after 10 years in the post. Technical Director Jill McIntosh’s time with the national programme has run its course, but what will a shake-up in the rest of the coaching staff mean for Minette Reynolds and her assistant Annette Daley? We say all hands on deck, as the girls look to reclaim their place among the top three competing nations in the world.

IT’S AN HONOUR: Bolt wants to empower young athletes in retirement
Reigning Sportsman of the Year, Usain Bolt, gets asked ad nauseam about his plans for life after track-and-field. That said, we welcome the fact that he’s giving consideration to becoming an ambassador for the sport he so cherishes. “Whenever I do retire, I will try and stay in the sport,” he tells The Gleaner, which recently gave him an award for his outstanding achievements on the track last year, as one of their 2015 honorees. Lascelles Chin and Dr. Peter Phillips are among the others. “I will try to help motivate people or be an ambassador for the sport in the best way that I can – and just try to keep helping the sport and keep pushing it forward.” The Gleaner honour is the latest accolade to float Bolt’s way in recent weeks, the chief highlight being his sixth hold on the National Sportsman of the Year crown.

HOME TO HARLEM: Ebony Patterson gears up for solo exhibition
Her wildly imaginative and boundary-pushing creations can be found in art collections across Jamaica and the United States and rank high among the highlights in the current ‘Masculinities’ show at the National Gallery. Now comes news that avant-garde artist Ebony Patterson will open a one-piece solo exhibition (yes, you read right) at the Studio Harlem in New York on March 24. Titled “…when they grow up…”, the work will be on view through June 26.

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