Saturday, 18 March 2017

TALK OF THE TOWN: Debbie, Shelly have buns in the oven + WIE 2017 a super-success + Racers planning grand Bolt salute…

HE IS LEGEND: It comes as no surprise that given his impending retirement from competitive athletics this summer, Usain Bolt’s family at the Racers Track Club are planning to honour him in a major way, at the second annual Racers Grand Prix, set for June 10 at the National Stadium. Dubbed “Salute to a Legend,” the IAAF-certified meet has naturally attracted a wave of sponsors, elite participants (Mo Farah, Wayde Van Niekerk), and international media whose names were officially announced when organizers, led by club president and head coach Glen Mills, hosted the meet’s press launch in Kingston on Friday. But Bolt will undoubtedly be the star attraction at the event, which is a major warm-up exercise on the road to the IAAF World Championships taking place in London in August. 

BABY ON BOARD: What do Debbie Bissoon (above), Janella Precius, Emprezz Golding and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce all have in common? Apart from being gorgeous, relentlessly achieving Jamaican women, they are all expectant moms! After we got the deets on Shelly’s pregnancy via news reports that went viral last week and saw Emprezz’s fabulous spread in Flair, we ‘bumped’ into a radiantly glowing and showing (at the Women in Energy conference at the Pegasus), who confirmed her impending motherhood and that of her TV-J sistah Janella. “It’s great that all of us are about to become mothers,” Debbie told us, taking a break from filming behind-the-scenes footage of the conference. “I’m really looking forward to the experience.” 

LADIES FIRST: Speaking of strong Jamaican women, what a glorious celebration of success, survival and sisterhood unfolded at Women In Energy 2017, which assembled a host of inspiring, powerful and game-changing women (and a few men!) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for two days of motivational talk and life-affirming testimonies last week. The JPS team cannot be lauded enough for such a relevant and timely initiative, which we expect to be an even more joyous occasion next year and in the years to come. 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How come Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton is not among the ambassadors or presenters for the inaugural Curvy Caribbean Conference, the region’s “first plus-size conference”, being staged by local organizers in Kingston next month? Launched last Tuesday, the CCC is set for April 8 and 9 at The Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel. We thought that Miss Kitty would be a natural for the planned seminars and discussions aimed at empowering the fluffy divas among us. Just sayin'.

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