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GK Capital serves up sponsorship support for Azizi Johnson
GK Capital Management Limited (GKCM) has announced its sponsorship of table tennis player Azizi Johnson.
The 10-year-old player, who is a student of the Jessie Ripoll Primary School, will compete in the Broward Table Tennis Club Championship to be held in Davie, Florida, today and tomorrow.
He is the youngest player in the Jamaican contingent this year.
In making the announcement during a brief presentation ceremony on Wednesday, Jason Chambers, vice president of investment management for GK Capital, spoke to Azizi's successes to date and the company's willingness to support young Jamaican players in their development.
"What Azizi is doing is impressive. It truly takes skill, talent, and discipline to be so young and perform so well in a sport such as table tennis. His focus and dedication are tremendous, and he should be commended for them," Chambers said.
During the brief ceremony, GKCM presented Azizi with a cheque for $40,000 towards his travel expenses, as well as sporting gear.
Azizi is a member of the Supersonics Table Tennis Club and has been honing his skills for the past two years. Azizi was encouraged to play and is supported by his mother Natalie Johnson, a member of Table Tennis Jamaica and a GraceKennedy Limited employee.
He began playing in 2015 and has since achieved a number of titles, including first place among under-11 boys at Table Tennis Jamaica's National Championships.
Eltham, Bethel Town in Sandals/ Beaches Ocho Rios Netball final
Eltham and Bethel Town will contest the final of the Sandals/Beaches Ocho Rios Eltham Netball Community League tomorrow at the Eltham Community Centre.
Both teams reached the much anticipated matchup in contrasting fashion as Eltham slammed couples 58-8 while Bethel Town had to fight all the way before defeating Conquest 27-24.
In the first semi-final played at the venue last Sunday, Bethel Town had to rely heavily on Jessica Ramsay, who scored 14 goals from 20 attempts, and Keira Christie, who scored 16 from 16. For Conquest, Sharmilla Betton was the leading scorer with 9 from 11, and Raheem Wallace scored 8 from 10 attempts.
In the feature encounter, top-scorer Kimberly Hudson was in devastating form, notching 40 goals from just 46 attempts. She was ably assisted by Kurt Dale (18 from 25), while for Couples, Simone Maragh made 5 from 10 and Bradford Hisdom 2 from 8.
The final promises to be a keenly contested affair, with high-riding Eltham looking to Hudson to provide the firepower with assistance from Dale. Bethel Town are quietly optimistic that they can stop the Eltham Juggernaut with Ramsay and Christie leading their attack.
Sandals Resorts regional public relations manager, Ian Spencer, noted that the company was pleased to be giving back to the community in the area of sports. "There is so much we do in our community outreach programme, but sports has a special place in our hearts as it helps channel the energies of young people, keeping them away from less productive activities," Spencer observed.
Frazsiers Whip thrash Garveymeade
Fraziers Whip hit top form to punish Garveymeade 300-226 to win their third straight game in the Jamaica Domino Federation/COK/Dragon Stout Domino League last Sunday.
Old Harbour (12 points) and Correctional Services (12 points) had 300-285 and 300-249 wins respectively over Chedwin Strikers and Ken's Wildflower. In other games, Links United stopped Stepover 300-262; Braeton All Stars outlasted Masterpiece 300-290 and Eradication clipped Chedwin Strikers 300-299 in a terrific count-down.
Alligator Pond lead in Manchester Major league
Alligator Pond have taken the early lead after two rounds in the new season of the Manchester Football Association's Major League.
Alligator won 2-1 away to Old England to be unbeaten on six points. They had opened the season with a 1-0 win over Los Perfectos. It was Old England's second straight loss after going down 0-1 to Comfort in their season opener. The game was also notable for Dane Seaton as he netted both goals for the victors, and now leads the goal scoring charts having netted the winner against Los Perfectos.
Meanwhile, Los Perfectos rebounded from their opening loss to the league leaders, outscoring Technical Strikers 3-2. In the first game, Dane Seaton's 42nd minute strike gave Los Perfectos a 1-0 win over Alligator Pond. Mile Gully then blanked Villa United 2-0 through goals from Gavin Sinclair (12th) and Andre Smith (58th).
Manchester teams struggle in Super League
Downs were the only winners among four Manchester teams in the last round of the Charley's/JB Rum South Central Confed Super League. They outscored Moores FC of Clarendon 3-2. This was a huge recovery for Downs, who had lost the previous week, going down 5-0 to Real Treasure Beach FC.
Omando McLeod's two goals had given the visitors a 2-1 lead after 70 minutes, but Downs found two late goals through the efforts of Kayce Bromfield (87th) and Kymani Webb (90th).
In other results, Porus lost 2-1 to visiting Vere United of Clarendon, Greenvale Academy went down 1-0 to another Clarendon team, York Town, and Hillstars were whipped 3-1 by Rivoli of St Catherine.
The shock result of the round came in Black River where the St Elizabeth team Black Stars delivered a 3-0 result against league leaders Tru Juice of St Catherine. Sporting Central Academy drew 2-2 with Holland Police Youth Club, while Dunbeholden and St Bess FC ended 1-1 in two other games.
Manchester walkers shine at St Catherine High
Natasha McKenzie easily topped the female category while her professional road-walking teammates, Duwell Allen and Jon Saleem Oliphant, finished second and third respectively at the third renewal of the St Catherine High 5K Walk/Run event last weekend. The event also had a 1K race for children.
McKenzie, who was the most consistent road-walker in Jamaica last year, won unchallenged in 33 minutes. Her nearest rival finished in 38 minutes.
In the male event, Allen produced his best time of 24:31, but had to cede the top honours to rival Andre Smith, who posted an amazing 24:20. Oliphant, a training mate of Allen at the Northern Caribbean University, could only manage third in 29 minutes.