The name Daniel Mayhew will forever be in the Jamaican history books after the Charlemont High school student became the first Jamaican to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics to be held February 12-21 in Lillehammer, Norway.Mayhew, who competed at tournaments in Switzerland, Austria and Norway and is currently ranked 22nd in the world, became one of 16 competitors to earn their right to face the starter in the Monobob event at the quadrennial showpiece.Jamaica Bobsleigh Association president, Chris Stokes, is quietly optimistic of the youngster’s chances at the games, and believes he has the right attitude and attributes to go on and do well at the senior level.”He will do well, although I don’t want to commit myself to a placing. But that is not what we are looking for. We want him to go out and show he is a competitor and look at his poise under the pressure of Olympic competition and see how he performs under those circumstances, but I am confident that he will compete hard and do well.”He represents the country well. He is very articulate and speaks clearly about what he wants to achieve. He is a real asset to Jamaica … ” he told The Gleaner.DID WELL IN TRAININGMayhew was selected on very high recommendation from a current senior team member, and after speaking to him and seeing his work ethic and how he carries himself the association was also convinced and so sent him off to training, where he did very well.However, the bobsleigh president said they never imagined that the 17-year-old would be this successful.”You never know (how things will turn out) but having chosen such a small group and having sent him alone has worked out well in this particular circumstance. If we can get more athletes into the Monobob at 15, 16 years old instead of 23, 24 then we will have more time to develop and look for the exceptional talent.”We have gotten positive feedback from the international coaches. Some have gone as far as saying he is the best young driver they have seen coming out of Jamaica for some time,” Stokes said, while noting that the Jamaica Olympic Association will pick up his training and competition expenses from here on.
Lennon High School will go for their seventh Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) schoolgirl football title when they play Excelsior High in tomorrow’s final at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.Lennon beat Denham Town 4-2 on penalties – after a 1-1 draw with the Corporate Area school – in the semi-finals at the said venue on Tuesday.Renae Gordon’s late equaliser for Lennon sent the game into extra time. Denham Town took an early first-half lead through Tianna Wilson. However, the Clarendon school held their nerve to come away clear winners on penalty kicks.”It’s a very good feeling to reach the final,” said winning coach Sherlon Lennon.He noted that Denham Town played an impressive game before taking the lead, but thought his team’s experience saw them through. “They (Denham Town) were organised and they possess the ball well, but we had the majority of the chances. We just didn’t capitalise because we weren’t settled,” he said.”Once we settled down, we played better and eventually got the equaliser. We pushed for the second goal and got the chances, but didn’t get the goal,” he continued.He is now confident of winning their second straight title, and seventh in nine years.RETAINING THE TITLE”We played them last year. We beat Excelsior in the final. We are looking forward to playing some good football and retain the title,” he stated.In the other semi-final, Excelsior defeated St Jago 1-0 on Taramia Clarke’s 70th-minute goal to set up a repeat of last year’s final.Excelsior’s coach, Xavier Gilbert, who has reached the last eight finals with just one win to show, is looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat to Lennon last year.”They (XLCR team) have exceeded my expectations, so I am happy to be in the final. We will approach the game similarly to how we did today (Tuesday). It was a keenly contested game, they had better possession, but we nullified their opportunities. But we went ahead from a set-piece and those are the things we strive on when we are in tight situations, and it worked for us,” he said.