first_imgCITING MVP Track and Field Club head coach Stephen Francis as a role model, former 400 metres World champion Bert Cameron is blazing a new trail at the Mico University College. He says helping athletes forge the link between education and sports led him to the Mico University College, where he started a new job as head coach of the institution’s athletics programme on Monday. The former Jamaica quarter-miler and the Marescaux Road-based institution, this summer, forged a partnership in which his club, Cameron Blazers, will work from Mico, with Cameron being head of its athletics programme. “They’re no more time wasters. When this thing is finished, the sports part, these girls and boys need something to fall back on, and I want to know I helped to set a foundation for them, so this is a blessing,” Cameron, who is also director of athletics at Sts Peter and Paul Prep School, told The Gleaner. Cameron, whose senior athletes used to train at the National Stadium, said finding a home of his own and working with intercollegiate athletes was important and something for which he admired Francis, whose club is based at the University of Technology. “It’s something Stephen Francis is doing. (He’s) somebody I admire. If I am ever going to have a role model, then I think that is the way for many of these kids – let them know the value of an education, plus being an athlete. “At least the student-athletes will be running for Mico, not just running track, and giving them the opportunity to get an education,” he said, adding that Minister without Portfolio with Responsibility for Sport Natalie Neita-Headley had suggested the tertiary institution. “The minister put the idea in my head. Mico is just down the road, and we pass it every day, and they do well in sports, but their track team is just not up there yet,” he admitted. Among the athletes who will be working with Cameron are World Junior 400m hurdles and Youth Olympic Games 100m hurdles winner, Jaheel Hyde; 2013 World Championships 4x400m relay silver medallist, Javere Bell; World Youth 400m bronze medallist, Tiffany James, formerly of Papine High; Girls’ Championships 400m Class One champion, Dawnalee Loney, formerly of Balaclava and Camperdown High; and St Jago’s 2015 Girls Champs 400m hurdles winner, Genekee Leith. Hyde, who turned professional earlier this year, is a registered student of the University of the West Indies, Mona. Cameron said while Hyde continues to work with his hurdles coach from Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Christopher Harley, a decision had not yet been made as to what event the versatile athlete would finally settle on. However, he said the 18-year-old was interested in competing at next year’s World Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia. Mico’s Director of Sports, Raymond Graham, said he had a good relationship with Cameron, with whom he worked closely while they both worked at St Jago High School in St Catherine – Graham as coach of the girls’ team and Cameron coach of the boys’. “Right now, all the sports at Mico are doing well, and track and field is my baby, and we’re not doing well,” said Graham. “I was hesitant because sometimes everybody wants something for themselves. He didn’t have a place for himself. Both parties will be helped, and we will be a force in intercollegiate sports. His (Cameron) name alone will inspire the students at Mico,” he added. Cameron replaced former coach Michael Russell, who also worked with Graham at both coach’s alma mater, Kingston College. “It’s a new direction. He’s a (Russell) good friend, but in life … we have to make decisions, and we parted ways amicably. It wasn’t anything personal. It wasn’t working, and we need fresh ideas.”last_img read more

first_img Lancaster officials said sections of three roads were closed due to flooding but were reopened by noon Tuesday. They were Avenue H-2 between 23rd and 25th Streets West, south of the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds; Avenue K between 50th and 57th Streets West; and Avenue J between 62nd and 70th Streets West. “Most of it was pretty minor,” Lancaster Public Works Director Randy Williams said. “We had a couple of downed trees. One stop sign went down.” Fire officials said the storm contributed to a number of minor car collisions. “It was the normal car wrecks,” Palmdale Battalion Chief Don DeYoung said. DeYoung said firefighters did respond to a leaky roof in an apartment. “We did a little bit of water removal,” he said. The storm from Sunday and Monday dumped .82 inches of rain on Lancaster, .59 inches in Palmdale, and 1.38 inches in Acton, according to the National Weather Service. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – Sunshine and blue skies returned to the Antelope Valley on Tuesday after the region was thrashed by heavy rains and high winds over the holiday weekend. Weather might have been a factor in a three-vehicle crash on state Route 58 in Mojave on Monday that killed a 75-year-old Minnesota man and injured five others. George Rosenau, 75, of Circle Pines, Minn., was fatally injured when a transit bus crashed into his car and another car that were stopped in traffic because of an earlier accident, the California Highway Patrol said. In Lake Los Angeles, Frontier Circus Street was closed between Avenue P-8 and Stagecoach Avenue because of flooding, Los Angeles County public works officials said. The street should open today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson County road officials also said there was limited access on Avenue Q between 137th and 145th Streets East in Lake Los Angeles because of flooding. Access to some roads in the Wrightwood area was restricted due to snow and rock slides, said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. “We had to clear up mud and rocks on canyon roads. There was for instance minor slides along Lake Hughes Road along areas hit by storms a year ago,” Pellman said. “It was minor stuff. We fared pretty well.” Palmdale officials said there were a few downed trees, and crews spent Tuesday looking for and repairing potholes. “All our issues were fairly minor. We dodged the bullet,” said Tim Hughes, Palmdale’s public works deputy director. “We did have silted up intersections and a few lane closures.” last_img read more