Book on the life of G.C. Foster launched

first_imgOther than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.last_img read more

Watch: Croatian team given heroes’ welcome after dream World Cup campaign

first_imgThe Croatian team received a heroes’ welcome after their sensational 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia.The Croates reached final of the World Cup for the first time in their history and their historic achievement meant a lot to the small European nation.Fans gathered in Zagreb to welcome their heroes, who bettered Croatia’s ‘golden generation’, who lost to France in the semi-final in 1998 in France. Till date, that was the best Croatian team according to the people of Croatia but Luka Modric’s men have done one better and as they returned home, they were treated like superstars in the streets of Zagreb.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECroatian hearts were broken on Sunday when Croatia went down fighting 4-2 to France in the summit clash in Moscow but a day later, their spirits were not dampened and people turned out in huge numbers to congratulate and celebrate Zlatko Dalic’s history makers.What a welcome for #WorldCup silver medallist in Zagreb. #BeProud #CRO #FlamingPride #Vatreni #Family | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018Moja domovina… #Vatreni @HNTV_HR | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018 Croatia fans gathered in Zagreb to welcome the World Cup 2018 runners-up (Reuters Photo)While one would say, that Croatia had were outplayed by world champions France at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the fight and determination they showed throughout the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular.Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 FinalIt has been great achievement for a nation with a population of little over four million. Modric’s side won all three group matches as they defeated Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to finish at the top of their group.advertisementIn the knockouts, the Croatians registered three consecutive come-from-behind victories as they reached their first World Cup final.Also read – World Cup 2018: Fans clash with police in Paris, Croatian fans celebrateModric was the standout of the team and can still earn the title of world player of the year, breaking the stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Croatia almost failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia, needing a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in their last group match to earn second spot that sent them into a playoff against Greece. Croatia reached the final of a World Cup for the first time in their history (AP Photo)It was the start of Zlatko Dalic’s term at the helm and the coach managed to guide them to Russia where they displayed some of the finest soccer on show.And after the brilliant show in Russia, expectations will be high and fans would hope that this team can do wonders and finally win a major tournament in the coming years and make their nation prouder.last_img read more

DU Admissions 2019: Applications process to start at this time today @

first_imgDelhi University or DU Admission 2019 is all set to start the admission process today i.e. May 30, 2019. Candidates can get the online forms on Delhi University’s official website– Registration link will get activated at 8 pm today, confirms official.Read: DU Admissions 2019: 14 new changes in Delhi University admissionsDU Admissions 2019: Online admission to other coursesThe online registration for undergraduate programmes will begin from May 30, 2019. Registration process for postgraduate (PG) programmes, postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security and Law and for MPhil or PhD programmes will begin from June 3, 2019.DU Application form 2019: How to applyVisit Delhi University’s official website– yourself first, click the tab DU Application Form 2019’Enter all you necessary detailsSelect your course and its admission procedure. Check if it is merit or entrance-based’ process of admissionUpload the required documents, photograph, and signatureSubmit the application feeDownload a soft copy and take a print out of the filled-in DU Application Form 2019Delhi University admissions: Registration process through online modeThe registration process of all the programmes will be entirely through online mode for all categories and quota.DU open day sessionsOpen days will also start from 31st May 2019 at Room Number 5, Conference Centre, University of Delhi, North Campus.List of documents required for Delhi University admissionsPassport size photographScanned signature of the applicantSelf attested copy of Class X Board CertificateSelf attested Class XII Marks-Sheet, if result is announced. (In case Mark-Sheet is not issued by the Board then the self attested copy of the Mark-Sheet downloaded from the respective boards’ website should be uploaded)Self attested copy of SC/ST/OBC/PwD/KM/CW Certificate, if applicableSelf attested copy of income certificate (for OBC non-creamy layer) Certificate, if applicableSelf attested copy of Sport Certificate(s) for last three years, if applicableSelf attested copy of Extra Curricular Activities Certificate(s), if applicableRead: UK 10+2 Result 2019: List of alternate websites to check UK 12th ResultadvertisementRead: Uttarakhand Board UBSE 10 and 12 Result 2019 Live Updateslast_img read more