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THIS WEEK IN SPORTGLOBE: I almost quit, says Alia Atkinson

Published:Friday | January 24, 2014 | 5:08 PM

I almost quit, says Alia Atkinson

She may have finished a close fourth in the 100m breaststroke, but swimmer Alia Atkinson almost did not make it to the 2012 Olympic Games – the same period when her mother was writhing in pain with appendicitis.

GC Foster's pain

The GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport is crying out for financial assistance. The institution is faced with the problems of not having its two swimming pools functioning. At the same time, its gymnasium, running track, netball, basketball, and volleyball courts are all in need of urgent repairs; coupled with leaking roofs, and inadequate housing accommodations for students.

‘Champs’ fever building

The ‘Champs’ buzz has started. With nine weeks to go, Jamaica’s committed and passionate track and field family is about to come under starters orders. There is high anticipation of what could produce a Boys’ Class One 400m face-off.

A slap in the face of JFF

Another loud, damaging, and embarrassing slap to the face of Jamaica’s football bosses and their myopic way of thinking. Those were the thoughts that came to mind upon learning that three young Jamaican footballers got drafted in the 2014 Major League Soccer super draft in the USA, writes Oral Tracey

Education before sport

The success of Jamaicans in the recent draft of players for the American Major League Soccer programme, has resulted in kudos, deservedly, being heaped on all those who recognised and guided the careers of the favoured three, Andre Blake, a goalkeeper drafted by the Philadelphia Union; Andre Lewis, a locally based attacking midfielder, drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Damion Lowe, a defender, drafted by the Seattle Sounders, says Dr. Paul Wright

Five questions with Owen Henry

Owen Henry is one of Jamaica's most overlooked, so-called "small coaches". He has one of the biggest achievements on record in athletics as well as other sporting disciplines at the Junior High School Level. This week, he answers five questions in SportGlobe.

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