Thursday, 23 August 2018

SPORTING GIANTS: Usain Bolt outlines priorities for training stint with Mariners + Chanderpaul and Holding to receive UWI honorary degrees

ALL-TIME GREATS: Legendary cricketers Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Michael Holding; new President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders; businessman Kenny Benjamin, musician Monty Alexander and pop icon Grace Jones are among 17 outstanding Caribbean nationals who will be conferred with honorary degrees by the University of the West Indies (UWI) at their graduation ceremonies in October and November. “As is tradition, the honorary graduands represent a cross-section of eminent people in the arts, sciences and other fields,” says UWI Chancellor Robert Bermudez. The schedule of graduation ceremonies begins at the St. Lucia-based Open Campus (on Oct. 13), at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados (Oct. 20), Trinidad’s St. Augustine Campus (Oct. 25-27) and at Jamaica’s Mona Campus (Nov 2-3). Each ceremony will be streamed live allowing friends, family and well-wishers to view the proceedings.

GAME PLAN: Usain Bolt had his first day of training with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday. The session was followed by a press conference for eager journalists to get their questions answered. Bolt was utterly candid as he shared his thoughts and outlined his priorities. “The first day of training is always the roughest, but it felt okay, and I’m ready to work. That’s why I’m here,” he said. The sprint legend, who has already done stints with football clubs in South Africa and Europe, is very clear about what he wants to accomplish during the trial run that is set for an indefinite period. “I’m just trying to get over the first hurdle, pushing to get a contract,” he explained. “I’m very cool under pressure, but I know I have to work on the basic skills. I’m not setting any standards; I just want to push more to be better.” Bolt, who also celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday, has been named an ambassador (alongside Grammy winner Sean Paul) for the recently launched Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator programme.

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