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Stokes optimistic about Mayhew's chances

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2016 | 1:00 AMLivingston Scott
Stokes

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 TRAINING

Mayhew 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.