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The Jamaica national ice hockey team created History yesterday. The Island of Jamaica from the warm, tropical Caribbean won an international ice hockey tournament, yes I said it (or typed it) , the Jamaican Ice Boyz are the champions of an Ice Hockey competition staged in the US. This team of Jamaican born and Jamaican descent player made the country proud.

Jamaican defeated Colombia in a nail biter of a game. The nail biter aspect of this was surprising since Jamaica had defeated Columbia earlier in the competition and had lost 5-0. Maybe the Colombian team had taken Jamaica lightly the first time out, maybe Colombia had adjusted brilliantly to the Jamaican team, or maybe the Jamaican team had finally gotten a little tired and banged up after a dominant run that led up to the final (5-0 against Columbia, 8-4 over Argentina, 7-0 over Brazil & 6-0 Over Mexico), a final that was in the 1st ever Ice Hockey competition that Jamaica has entered,

In the tight game Jamaica went up 2-0 early. The Jamaicans in the building were loud and in joyous spirits, grooving to hits from Sean Paul & Damian & Stephen Marley. However unlike the previous encounter Columbia was right there with the Boyz from the island of wood & water. The Colombians matched the Jamaicans in speed, which up to this point had not been done by any team, including the Colombians.

Although the Colombians were matching us in tactics, speed and execution, the 2-0 lead gave comfort, to what was both the largest crowd for the whole tournament and the largest number of Jamaicans and Jamaican supporters who came out during the competition.

Then, Jamaica had a major setback, one of their best players Carton Thorton had gotten hurt, had to be taken off and did not return. Players who had been injured earlier in the tournament now had to step up. Strong players like Jaden Lindo now had to dig deep.

Colombia’s best player Daniel Echeverri played the entire 48 minutes, their goalie became almost impassable after the 2 goals scored. Then it happened in the 3rd period, Colombia scored. The Colombia fans went wild. Then in the 4th, they scored again! 2-2.

That score would hold all the way until regulation time ended, albeit with many close calls for both sides. This set up the penalties, and after a tense period, Jamaica’s goalie saved enough and offense scored enough for Jamaica to win 3-2. History had been made.

The crowd went wild, the team went wild, everybody jumped on the ice. Coaches CJ Bollers & Darwin Murray (whose brilliant coaching led the way) beamed with pride. Then the national anthem played and everyone who was there from and for Jamaica stood at attention. The Ice Boyz showed unadulterated joy, along with classy humility to all, throughout the whole weekend they showed respect to teams, fans and organizers.

Jamaica’s Counsel General, Oliver Mair celebrated along with team and fans and said ” We are sooo proud of our Jamaican Hockey team and congratulate them on this historic victory! We are a people capable of doing anything we put our minds towards accomplishing.” AKA we little but we tallawah.”

This is a strong statement for Jamaica to be a viable participant of the Ice Hockey world. If Jamaica can raise the millions necessary to have an ice rink in Jamaica they could be eligible to compete in the Winter Olympics (Ice Runnings anyone?).

On the 8th of September Jamaica created history by hoisting the LATAM 2019 trophy in Ice Hockey at the Florida Panthers Ice Den in South Florida.

– Jason Walker

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Jamaica’s Ice Boyz impressed again with a whopping 6-0 beat down of the Mexican national ice hockey team. Although the score is not as high as the 7-0 victory over Brazil the day before the game was completely dominated by the Boyz!

Playing Mexico, Jamaica was just faster, stronger, and more skilled than their opponent. Mexican players also said the Jamaican team played with much more cohesion. The Boyz would get into defensive and offensive sets much quicker than the Mexicans. Coach would put in and pull players at all the right times not giving Jamaica’s opponents any opportunity to get used to Jamaica’s tactics.

As first time competitors to the international Latam Hockey Cup, Jamaica is creating history by getting to the finals.

The finals are later today at 4:30 pm at the Panthers Iceden 3299 Sportsplex Drive Coral Springs FL 33065.

Jamaica’s Raheem Sterling has been voted the 2019 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, less than a day after his peers voted him the PFA young player of the year.

Sterling has scored 29 goals for Manchester City and England this season, including a hat-trick for England in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, while also helping England’s squad reach this summer’s Nations League finals in Portugal.

The awards also reflect Raheem’s courage to challenge preconceptions and fight racism, which will leave a legacy not just for future generations in football but society as a whole. As a black immigrant in England, Raheem has been the subject of many racist and xenophobic attacks along with being exposed to many victims of such attacks.

He has faced these attacks and played Football with class, grace & bravery. The Jamaican footballer has become an inspiration while playing great football. The Jamaican who now lives in England plays for the English national team and Manchester City.

Alia Atkinson Giorgio Scala

photo credit: Giorgio Scala DeepBlueMedia

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China, on Wednesday.

The world-record holder, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday, came from behind to win in 29.05s.

Alia Atkinson OD (Order of Distinction, 5th highest honour one can achieve in Jamaica) has continued as always to represent Jamaica well, in a sport that Jamaica does not have much support in. She has won multiple world championships and broken records. She has done this with amazing humility and grace in a sport that is represented very minimally by Jamaicans or people of colour.

In winning her first gold medal at these championships, the veteran Jamaican held off the challenge of long-time rival Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania who touched in 29.38s. Martina Carraro of Italy won the bronze medal in 29.59s.

The Jamaican set a new world record of 28.56s, this year, lowering her own mark of 28.64 set in 2016.

Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” Provides the soundtrack for Lebron JAMES victory speech after winning the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Usain Bolt Statue

SPORTS LEGEND USAIN BOLT STANDS BEFORE STATUE IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, had said that “rain or shine, we will be unveiling the Usain Bolt statue” on Sunday, December 3. Without the rain the unveiling did occur on time

The Minister made the declaration on Wednesday after visiting the site on Statue Road in Independence Park where the sculpture will be mounted.

Usain Bolt & Statue

The Minister went to the Independence Park complex (which houses the National Stadium) to observe work on the pedestal on which the bronze statue — to the scale of one and quarter life size — will be mounted. Minister Grange said: “The base is now ready for mounting of the statue. The statue will be mounted and will be in place for Sunday, December 3.”

The statue — a lasting tribute to the world’s greatest sprinter — was due to be unveiled during Heritage Week in October, but the unveiling ceremony was postponed because of rain. Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, unveiled the statue in a special ceremony scheduled at 5:30 on Sunday afternoon.

The ceremony was be attended by several notable figures in local and international sports.

Statue of Usain Bolt

The sculpture was designed by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson. It is the first of four statues of national sports stars that were commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme. Watson is also working on sculptures of Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell. The Minister invited the public to attend the unveiling ceremony.

Immediately following the unveiling of the statue, there was a special Reception of Appreciation for Jamaican athletes (a private event). Minister Grange said the Reception was for members of the Jamaican team that participated at the IAAF World Championship in London earlier this year as well as for “our Olympians in general – just to say thank you for how they’ve represented Jamaica over the years and for being good ambassadors.”

Courtesy of JIS

Jamaica vs USA in the Gold Cup Final 2017

 

United States vs. Jamaica
2017 Gold Cup Final
Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.
Wednesday, July 26 – 9:30 p.m. ET
WATCH: FS1, Univision, UDN (USA) | TSN 1/3/4/5 (CAN)

 

This was the final that was not expected by any of the media pundits. They did not expect Jamaica to be in the final. That is understandable though, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz came into the final with none of their established leaders or stars and had a starting team that mainly had either been on the bench that last Gold Cup run or had not even been on the team. Whereas Mexico and USA who have been the longstanding giants of Concacaf were expected to be the finalist. The two giant countries; more resourced, experienced and with decorated players had been the script and narrative to be the finalists.

Jamaica has shocked the football world by making it to the finals, again. We will see who comes out as the victor tonight!