Luminaries to be honoured at Wint/McKenley Classic

first_imgOlympians Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley and Dennis Johnson, as well stand-out coach Michael Clarke, will be among six luminaries to be honoured at the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic that will christen the new synthetic track at Calabar High School on January 23.Calabar High benefactors Ray Goldbourne and Dr. Don Philbert, who have both made significant contributions to the continued development of the Red Hills Road-based educational institution, will also be honoured during the meet that will feature Olympic Development races in the 400 and 800 metres and special 100-metre race for primary school athletes.Wint won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 400 metres at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. He was also a member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that won gold in world record time at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.McKenley, the first Jamaican schoolboy to win a track scholarship, was a silver medallist in the 400m in 1948 and was a also member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that dramatically defeated the previously invincible Americans at the 1952 Games. He was also a successful track coach at Calabar High for more than a decade.Johnson, the first ever director of sports at the College of Arts, Science and Technology, was among the fastest men in the world over the 100-yard dash between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. He once equalled the world record four times within a one month span.Clarke has had tremendous success as a track coach and has led Calabar High to the last four titles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.All six gentlemen will be honoured during the opening ceremony at the meet. “We will be presenting citations for each of them and will be handing over plaques of those citations,” said Andrea Hardware, a member of the organising committee.”We wanted this meet to be a development meet because both Mr. McKenley and Dr. Wint had been significant contributors to track and field, especially at the junior level, moreso Herb because he has been our coach for like the last 100 years before he retired, he was just there with us pushing and developing our programme in general and producing some outstanding athletes for us and for Jamaica.”So it is a meet honouring these two greats that have contributed so much to us as a nation,” Hardware stated.last_img read more

Body of pensioner who went to perform ritual pulled from Atlantic Ocean

first_imgThe lifeless body of a man was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of Windsor Forest Seawall, West Coast Demerara (WCD) on Tuesday afternoon after he was suspected to have drowned.Dead: Pitamber Budhu, called “Moti”The dead man has been identified as 70-year-old Pitamber Budhu, called “Moti”, of Lot 97 Fourth Street, Windsor Forest.Police Commander of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Simon McBean when contacted told Guyana Times that persons in the area observed the body floating in the ocean and quickly mobilised a team to retrieve it.Following the discovery, Sharmila Sewnarayan, a niece of the dead man, explained that her uncle had left home around 15:30h to perform a religious ritual at the seawall. However, they received a phone call shortly after informing them of a body being pulled from the water.“This afternoon he left to go to the seawall to throw out the old jhandi flag in the sea and a few minutes after, people called us saying somebody died at the seawall, and we were waiting for him to come home to tell us who it is,” she stated.Sewnarayan added that after the phone call, she informed other relatives, but they did not expect the deceased person would have been Budhu.“I told my aunt same time that how somebody die, and she told me that he (Mito) gone and he gon come home just now to tell us, not knowing that it was him,” the niece related.The pensioner leaves to mourn his wife, two children, and grandchildren.last_img read more