Jamaica Win Gold At World Championship With Cancer Survivor

 

Novlene Williams-Mills overtook Francena McCorory in the closing metres to lead Jamaica to victory in the 4x400m on the closing night of the IAAF World championships, Beijing 2015.

Novlene Williams-Mills is a three-time Olympic medalist for Jamaica in the 4×400 relay — and a breast cancer survivor. She told espn her story. jamyah news

There’s nothing quite like winning an Olympic medal for your country. After years of dedication, that hardware signifies the ultimate finish line. But in London in 2012, I simply felt numb.

Immediately after securing a third-place finish in the 4×400 relay with my Jamaican teammates, I flew back to my home base in the United States. I went from the medal stand to an operating table in the span of three days. Celebrating would have to wait. I was a 30-year-old Olympic athlete, and I had breast cancer.

I’ll never forget the day of my diagnosis: June 25, 2012. About six weeks prior, I had asked my gynecologist to take a look at a small lump during my annual checkup. He said it was probably nothing, but scheduled a mammogram to be safe. Even with his reassurance, I cried all the way to that next appointment. My sister passed away of ovarian cancer four years ago. My mother is a breast cancer survivor. I’ve seen how vicious the disease can be, and I was so scared it would be me next.

Novlene Williams-Mills competed at the London Olympics just one month after she received her breast cancer diagnosis. She says the experience was “a blur.”
Because the lump was low, near my rib cage, the mammogram was inconclusive, but a follow-up biopsy would show that it was indeed cancer. I received the call from the doctor’s office as I was driving home from practice, on that awful day in June. I told my husband right away, but I couldn’t bear to tell anyone else. I still needed to process it all.

Even as my head was spinning, I decided to fly out the next morning, as scheduled, to compete at the Jamaican nationals. I called my mom when I got there, but I still didn’t have the courage to tell her. I couldn’t get the words out, so we talked about the competition coming up and other, random things.

Thanks to a lifetime of practice, I knew how to go through the motions. I ended up winning my sixth national title in the 400 meters, earning a spot on the Olympic team that would be held in less than a month. I can hardly remember the competition. When I watchit, it feels like I’m watching someone else.

I managed to use that same autopilot mentality as I raced in London. The track was my escape route, allowing me to set aside the fear I felt and focus on what I needed to do to run. People would ask, “What’s going on? You don’t seem like yourself.” I would just say, “I’m doing good.”

But I wasn’t doing well, and no one but my family, coach and closest friends knew what was really going on. I’m a private person, and I still wasn’t ready. It all felt too raw.

I somehow won my third Olympic medal in London, but I skipped the closing ceremonies to make it to my scheduled lumpectomy. I remember sitting in my surgeon’s office with my husband after the procedure. I heard the words “aggressive” and “mastectomy,” and not much more. I felt betrayed by my own body — like it was trying to kill me. I risked recurrence if I decided to keep my breasts, so the decision was clear.

After the double mastectomy I felt like a turkey being basted, with bandages and drainage tubes everywhere. I’d gone from an elite athlete to one who needed help with the simplest of tasks in just a few weeks, and it’s hard to put into words how difficult that was for me. My friends and family did an incredible job of cooking, cleaning and even doing my hair, and they supported me unconditionally as I worked to heal what felt like a failing body.

Novlene Williams-Mills once kept her cancer battle a secret, but now she shares her story with other women and completes fundraisers for the cause.
I had my fourth and final procedure, the plastic surgery to put in implants, on Jan. 18, 2013, and competed in the Kansas Relays three months later. That might have been a little crazy, but I wasn’t about to take it slow.

At that point, I was still getting used to my new breasts. They were larger than before the surgery, and I remember wearing multiple shirts in an attempt to cover them up. When girls mentioned that my breasts looked bigger, I told them it must have been that great push-up bra I got at Victoria’s Secret! I wasn’t ashamed, but I still wasn’t ready to share my experience. I didn’t want the attention, and I certainly didn’t want to be pitied.

As I got back into training and racing full time, I was exhausted. I wasn’t sure my body could do it anymore, and my running times were so slow. Sometimes I would want to give up — I’d sit alone, crying and wondering why I was trying to do this at all. It felt painfully slow, but I began to make peace with my newbody, and running started to click again.

Over time, my friends and family convinced me that my story could be an inspiration, and I might be able to help other women who are battling breast cancer. They were right. I went public one year after my diagnosis and received so many texts, calls and Facebook messages of support from friends, as well as from women in similar situations to my own.

Now, as I sit here, a few weeks after lacing up my spikes for the last competition in 2014, I can honestly say that I never thought a season like this one was possible. Two years ago, I couldn’t dream of winning two medals at the Continental Cup, a goal I accomplished this September. I feel strong, I feel proud, and most of all I feel so thankful.

I used to wonder, Why me? But when people I had never met told me how I had encouraged them, I realized God gave me this battle to help others. My perspective has been forever changed. There are so many people who struggle with breast cancer, and all sorts of other health issues. Now I know that there is always light, it’s just sometimes hard to find at first.

Maybe I’ve learned it the hard way, but it’s never been more true: I’ll never ever give up, and I’ll never stop fighting, no matter what happens in my life.




Babsy Grange Said "Rename Trelawny Stadium in Honour Of Bolt & Shelly Ann"

Opposition spokeswoman on Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange is urging the Government to rename the stadium in Trelawny in honour of Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as part of a programme to maximise the economic and social benefits which will accrue from their exceptional achievements and global dominance of the sport. Jamyah  news

In her tribute to the women’s and men’s gold-medal winning 4x100m relay teams yesterday, Grange argued: “After seven years of global ascendancy, our athletes deserve a proper monument which will help to enshrine this moment in our history and remind future generations of the glory which has resulted.”

According to Grange, the Government should recognise the stadium in Trelawny as the centre of sports tourism development in Jamaica.

“It has long been a white elephant, but has great potential once retrofitted with proper sporting facilities such as a track of international standards, a basketball court and baseball diamond, as well as a proper dressing room.

“A surrounding housing development/athletes’ village appropriate for international athletes would also go a far way in growing Jamaica’s sports-tourism appeal, not just within the Caribbean but across the world.”

The opposition spokeswoman added that it is time to refurbish and redevelop previous monu-ments to Jamaica’s Olympians.

“Olympic Gardens in Kingston was developed in honour of the pioneers of the sport, including Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint, the men who laid the foundation for Jamaica’s distinguished place in world athletics. This deserves more attention from both the sport and tourism portfolios, considering its historical value.

“Let us show our athletes, their coaches and support staff that not only do we fully appreciate their success, but that we are determined to use this success to construct a platform on which we can build a better economy and create a better social environment for our people by properly utilising our rich and unbridled talent.”

German Hurdler Apologizes to Jamaican, Shermaine Williams

After a firestorm of comments swirled around in social media over the alleged unsavoury gesture of sportsmanship by German silver medalist Cindy Rodeler after the women’s 100m hurdles final, the athlete has apologized.

In her defense, Rodeler was adamant that her reaction was that of pure surprise and was a huge misunderstanding.

In a Facebook posted dated Friday, August 28, Rodeler said, “Today I read in several Facebook posts and comments that people have been disappointed or even shocked because of the way I reacted to Shermaine Williams’ offer of a handshake afterwards, accusing me of refusing it.”

“This is a big misunderstanding,” she assured. “After I had realised I had won the silver medal in the 100m hurdles, I was extremely excited.”

“I have seen the TV footage, and to be honest it doesn’t look very good. But again: This is a big misunderstanding,” the German athlete argued.

“I simply [hadn’t] noticed her in this overwhelming moment. As the pictures also show, I was completely focused on congratulating my friend Alina Talay on her bronze medal,” Rodeler added.

“I congratulate Shermaine Williams and all the other athletes who have participated in this great final. I hope you can accept my apology. Best Regards, Cindy,” she ended.

The apology was well received by many Jamaicans, including multiple gold medal-winning athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; but it stands that an overwhelming majority still have a bad taste in their mouth over the incident.

Has Rodeler’s apology fallen on deaf, hurt Jamaican ears, what do you think?

Jamaica Wins Men's 4x100M Relay, USA Disqualified-See Video

Jamaica’s male sprint relay team anchored by track and field superstar, Usain Bolt, sped to a gold-medal win in the IAAF World Championships 4X100 to continue their dominance of the relays.

The USA which was originally placed second, was disqualified because Mike Rogers collected the baton outside the prescribed zone.

Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt ran a world leading time of 37.36 to complete a sweep of the sprint relays after the Jamaican women also won their race and in a championship record too.

Jamaica has won every sprint relay at the World Championships since the 2009 Berlin IAAF World Championships.

This win means that Bolt will again leave Beijing’s Bird’s Nest with three gold medals like he did in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

With the disqualification of the Americans, China was promoted to second and Canada, third.

“I think the crowd and the occasion got to the team,” said American Justin Gatlin.

https://youtu.be/Rp-JEO4Jsd0

 

Half Way Tree Celebrates Danielle Williams Win In 100M Hurdles

A large crowd at Half Way Tree, watching the World Championships in Beijing on the big screen in the heart of the nation’s capital, went wild on Friday morning when Danielle Williams crossed the line ahead of the field in the 100 metres hurdles.

They were a bit down after witnessing Elaine Thompson being narrowly beaten by Holland’s Dafne Schippers in the final of the women’s 200 metres and national record holder Hansle Parchment getting the silver medal in the men’s 110 metres hurdles final.

They had become spoilt and expected every Jamaican to claim the gold medal as their own.

The final event of the morning featured the Williams sisters, Shermaine and Danielle, in the women’s 100 metre hurdles final

As soon as the starter’s gun fired the excitement became fever pitched.

The younger of the two sisters, Danielle, won in a personal best time of 12.57 seconds ahead of Germany’s Cindy Roleder in another personal best of 12.59 and Alina Talay of Belarus who posted a national record of 12.66.

Her sister, Shermaine, was seventh in 12.95.

History was again created as this was the first time two Jamaican siblings of any sex had qualified for the finals of any event in any major athletics championship.

The crowd just loved it.

“I might lose my job but I had to stay and watch this race. The boss alright. I know he knows that when athletics going on everything come to a halt in Jamaica,” a woman who said her name was Shernette said.

She was one of scores who celebrated with wild abandon at the highly unlikely victory pulled off by the young Danielle Williams to give Jamaica its fourth gold and ninth medal overall.

Mayor Wants Bolt Statue Built In Falmouth

Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Garth Wilkinson is calling for a statue of Usain Bolt to be erected in Falmouth, the capital of Trelawny, in honour of this great man who is from the parish.

“He has done so much internationally as an athlete. Therefore, he deserves a statue of him to be erected,” the mayor said. He added that Bolt has shown characteristics of perseverance, stamina, strength, among other attributes that are highly commendable even outside of sports.

“I had no doubt about his ability to take the double. The 100 metre would be more difficult, but the 200 (metres) would be easy,” he remarked.

President of the Trelawny Football Association Linnel McLean said: “He has shown that he is a real champion, being able to perform at his best when it is needed. I am hoping that it will be motivation for other individuals to do their best.” He had high praise for Bolt’s coach and support staff, whom, he said, were sometimes overlooked when praise is given.

“They are fine victories, especially when many had some doubts because of his inactivity. It goes to show the strength of the man,” president of the Trelawny Cricket Association Chester Anderson said. He said the parish may have many more Usain Bolts in waiting but lacking the support. He wants more support for sports as he believes that not everybody can make it academically. However, some can, through sports, albeit a small number.

Compatriot of Sherwood Content, the original home of Usain Bolt, and leader of the Sting Ray Swimming Club in the parish Leon Jackson has high praise for the athlete, whom he has known from childhood. “I expected nothing less. In fact, I welcomed the challenge, which would give him the drive to do better, so I know he would win.”

Bolt, Ashmeade to rest for the 4x100m relay heats

Asafa Powell will run the back stretch for Jamaica during Saturday’s men’s 4x100m heats at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Jamyah news

Powell has been pencilled in for the second leg with Nesta Carter running his usual lead off leg, Rasheed Dwyer will run the curve and Tyquendo Tracey will anchor.

Double sprint champion Usain Bolt will anchor in the final with Nickel Ashmeade expected to come in for the third leg.

The women’s 4x100m relay team will be determined after the women’s 200m final tonight.

In the men’s 4x400m heats, new national record holder Rusheen McDonald will get a rest with Peter Matthews given responsibilities for the lead off leg.

He will hand off to Ricardo Chambers, who will pass to Dane Hyatt with Javon Francis running anchor.

McDonald will replace Hyatt for the final.

As reported earlier, 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson and veteran Novlene Williams-Mills are being rested until the final of the 4X400m with Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Annastasia Le-Roy, Chrisann Gordon and Christine Day representing the island in the heats.

Jackson and Williams-Mills will replace Gordon and Le-Roy in the final.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-z-8qWQ0Jo

Asafa Powell's Mother Gives Back To The Community

Pastor Cislyn Powell of the National Redemption Church of God in Waterloo district, Ewarton, St Catherine, took time out on Wednesday to issue gifts to children of the community.

Powell, the mother of Olympian Asafa Powell, was very excited.

“It is a very good gesture to have this back-to-school event. It is our duty to give to those in need whatever we can to make life,” she said.

The function was very exciting for children and adults.

“I am pleased to know that my grandparents are seeing education as a way of life,” granddaughter Vaunika Powell said.

Meanwhile, recipients told JAMYAH NEWS that they were thankful to Pastor Powell for the kind gesture shown.

It was revealed that it was a treat that will be an annual event.

Bolt Gets Knocked Over By Camera Man- A Must See Video

 

After winning the 200m gold on Thursday bolt was knocked over by a segway-riding  camera man. Some say that it seems that, that’s d only to slow the Jamaican sprinter down.

He then received a bracelet of apology from the camera man who said he lost control of the segway.

Usain Bolt said he's willing to pay any Jamaican Producer to voice Sagitar

Jamyahnews – On Monday, Usain Bolt posted a video of man singing, paying tribute to the greatest sprinter ever to live, on his Facebook page, which has amassed just over 4,500 likes at the time of this report. The sprint legend captioned the post, “Jamaican producers link up..Put Sagitar on a track right now and me cover the bill.”

Well, with a caption like that, over 10, 000 fans, us included, watched the “It Must Go Viral Sagitar A Shell D Place Listen” video. What we heard and saw was more remarkable than terrifying. The video shows aspiring artiste Sagitar, born David Sagitarr, outside of a building singing.

Just before Sagitarr starts to deejay, a little boy starts beating a knife handle and a cleaver knife on whatappears to be a table, creating a beat to compliment Sagitarr’s vocals. Watch the video below.

The was video uploaded to YouTube on 9 Jul 2015. That’s two weeks before Bolt clocked his 9.87 season best in the 100 metres at Sainsburys Anniversary Games in London on July 24.

A music video for the song surfaces, all in less than 24 hours. watch below.