Sakari Famous, Bermuda’s Premier Junior Female High Jumper commits to competing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the fall of 2018. After making official recruiting visits to top universities, including, University of North Carolina, Texas A & M and Vanderbilt University, Famous decided that University of Georgia was the best place to continue her education and athletic career. Surrounded by coaches, teachers, family and friends, the five-time CARIFTA medalist signs her National Letter of Intent, which brings to an end the overwhelming recruiting process. “I want to get to the next level in high jump as I continue my education. I knew deep within that UGA was the right school for me and I am so grateful for this opportunity” says Famous.
Bermuda National Athletics Association vertical jumps coach, Rohaan Simons fondly states, “Sakari was a part of my original crew of jumpers as I started to coach on the national level. I can definitely say that she set herself apart from any other female jumper. Her exceptional talent, her higher work ethic and excellent attitude is a coach’s dream! Her accomplishments in CARIFTA may have been enough for some, but it was never going to be enough for Sakari. She has pushed me as a coach to find ways to improve, as we have worked out many problems over the years. I can definitely say that today is an extremely proud day for me and I wish Sakari all the very best as she pursues her craft while she obtains her education abroad. Congratulations once again and I’ll always be here to support you in your quest for greatness.”
The UGA Track and Field team may have what is the best jumps program in all of the NCAA as they have consistently produced NCAA champions in the jumps under the expertise of Head Coach Petros Kyprianou. Coach Kyprianou told Sakari on her visit to UGA that he would be happy to carry on the tradition of top Bermudian athletes at the University of Georgia. Former top Bermudian middle distance runner Steve Burgess, Bermuda Men’s National Record holder in the 800m, Aaron Evans and Bermuda Women’s National Record holder for Indoor High Jump, Latroya Darrell all competed for the University of Georgia . Coach Kyprianou coached Latroya Darrell during her time as a Bulldog. Famous, the twice National Junior Athlete in track and Field, is so excited to become a Bulldog and looks forward to her future.
Her mother says, “Sakari works hard on and off the track and as her family we are proud of the individual that she has become. The recruiting process has been such an eye opener to the opportunities that student athletes have. Although it was absolutely overwhelming, we are grateful for the guidance of Dr. Freddie Evans, the support of the teachers at the Berkeley Institute, the coaches at University of Georgia, and of course, our family during the last 4 months. Go Dawgs!”
Friday, November 03, 2017
IAAF Establish New World Rankings System
A new official world rankings system is to be launched by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which, it is claimed, will help competitors and supporters understand the sport better.
The new partnership with Elite Ltd (All Athletics) to create the first official IAAF world rankings will also be used as a qualification mechanism for the Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020 and the next World Championships in Doha in 2019.
Another important innovation is that the world governing body is establishing a new "IAAF Heritage" to help preserve the sport's history.
The new world rankings and the heritage department is part of the IAAF Reform introduced by President Sebastian Coe at the end of last year.
Elite Ltd is a Hungarian-based company established by the late Spiriev Bojidar in 1979 and which runs All-Athletics.com and claims to be the "most comprehensive athletics database".
"The IAAF world rankings, which will come into operation in 2018, will drive and shape the global competition system including entry into the World Championships and Olympic Games," IAAF President Sebastian Coe, who has been attending the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly here, said.
"For the first time in the sport’s history, athletes, media and fans will have a clear understanding of the hierarchy of competitions from national through to area and up to global events, allowing them to follow a logical season-long path to the pinnacle of athletics' top two competitions."
Athletes’ position in the IAAF world rankings will be based upon the points they score, the amount determined by their performance and place and the importance of the competition in the IAAF global calendar in which those results are achieved.
The details of the world rankings, including the points system for each event that goes towards the annual world rankings and the eligibility for entry in to the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships, are due to be finalized in the first quarter of 2018.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Special Olympics Torch Run and Meet
Bermuda’s Special Olympics Torch Run ended at the National Sports Center, with a Track Meet then taking place.
The Torch Relay involved members of the Police, Fire and Protections Departments as well as Athletes and members of the Pacers Running Club.
The Torch runners from Somerset and St George’s met at City Hall before lighting a cauldron at the Sports Center for the Opening of the event.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Bermuda Olympian Tyrone Smith was in Las Vegas
Bermuda Olympian Tyrone Smith for a second time found himself a little too close for comfort, when a person decided to commit an act of terrorism.
It was not that long ago that Smith was in Monaco, when an act of terrorism happened in the street, on Sunday night that all came flooding back in Las Vegas when he was on lockdown at the Luxor Hotel which is across the street from the Mandalay Bay Hotel where a lone gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 other.
Smith recounts the ordeal saying, “They made an announcement that the hotel was in lockdown, but when they made the second announcement I started checking social media and I instantly saw one of the videos of the carnage that had gone viral. I started to share it with my girlfriend and people around us.
“The Luxor staff wasn’t giving us details as to why we were being asked to stay there. When they finally told us, everyone inside had already found out through social media,” continued Smith.
Smith concluded, “I was in Spain when the terrorist decided to ram his car into the path of innocent people, and now this, the only way to let these people who are committing that acts of violence that they can’t stop the world is to continue living.”