Joshua Daniel Alleyne, a standout at the Mayberry Preparatory and Primary Schools Swimming Championships, shattered four individual records in helping his school to second place courtesy of the highest overall individual performance.Meanwhile, a total of 38 prep and primary swimmers broke records, while there were six relay marks set at the highly entertaining and compact event.Twelve-year-old Alleyne is Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory’s head boy and contributed a whopping 43 points to their title ambitions, which saw them finishing second best behind Wolmer’s Prep’s 232.50 points, with 148.Young Alleyne trains every day except Tuesdays at the National Aquatics Centre, where he has gone unbeaten in over three years, and swept four records last year.He will be looking to attend his preferred choice, Campion College, later this year.Mother, Norma Kerr Alleyne, describes the young swim sensation as a metaphor for youngsters who work really hard to excel.”He is one of those youngsters who puts in his time. He does try his best,” she told The Gleaner.Though Joshua had to prepare for his Grade Six Achievement Test, he balanced it well with swimming.”Obviously, we hope that he is going to go to Campion (College). His brother is there,” said his mother.The brilliant young swimmer’s record-shattering feats last Saturday included the boys’ 11-12 50m backstroke, which he won in 35:89; the 11-12 50m freestyle in 30:25; and the 12 and under 100m freestyle in one minute 07:45 seconds.Joshua also took the 11-50m breaststroke, emphatically shaving off .36 seconds from 40.88 to 40:52 seconds.The long-standing development meet has nurtured and fostered the development a number of swimmers.
India skipper Sunil Chhetri on Saturday said being in the elite list of former footballers to be honoured with the Padma award makes him a bit “nervous” and brings “extra pressure” to strive for excellence.Chhetri, the second highest goal-getter (among current players) in international football after Cristiano Ronaldo, was among the nine sports persons to be honoured with the Padma Shri award.”At the moment, it’s just pure happiness. It hasn’t sunk in as yet. I need some time to feel it. I need some time to understand what the recognition actually means,” said Chhetri.Today, I find yet another reason to be grateful. I wouldn’t have been honoured with the Padma Shri Award if it hadn’t been for the teammates, coaches, staff, massuers, physios and management that I have had the pleasure of working with across all these years.Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) January 26, 2019This one is also because of mom, dad,Sonam,Bandu, Lamba, Kunaal and all my friends and family who have stood by me through thick and thin, always pushing me on.Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) January 26, 2019And finally to all the fans who have supported, encouraged, criticised me with the hope that I rise and been with me through this journey – thank you all.Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) January 26, 2019I’ll end with a promise of being hungrier every single time I step on the pitch for country and club. And trying to be a better human being every single day.Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) January 26, 2019″Every person has flaws, so do I. I understand it and strive to be a better version of myself — a better human being. I feel I need to set a better example to others.advertisement”On that perspective, I am loving that extra pressure which has come with this Padma Shri announcement.”He became only the sixth footballer after the Late Gostho Paul, the Late Sailen Manna, PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami and Bhaichung Bhutia to be honoured with the prestigious award.”I am aware of the aura all of them possess. It was my dad who had educated me about their exploits much before I became a professional player. Being in the same club as them is a feeling which I can’t express, it can make you nervous,” Chhetri said.”Look at that list the late Gostho Paul, the late Sailen Manna, PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami and Bhaichung-bhai. They are all legends. To be in that same list is an honour for me. It gives me goosebumps.”It is also a reminder to me on what I need to do, all in my effort to improve every minute as a footballer.”Chhetri said it will motivate him to work harder as a player.”As a player, I need to keep working hard. There’s no alternative to that. No award can make you a better player unless you strive to be one,” he said.”But yeah, this is an added motivation for me. This Award will surely spur me on, to maybe, be the hungrier, fittest and the sharpest among all in my team.”Also Read | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsAlso Read | Indian football needs actively involved Chhetri even after retirement, says Luis Garcia read more
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right), converses with Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland (right) during a meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday (September 25). Looking on are Under-Secretary for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Ann Scott (left); and Jamaica’s Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Courtenay Rattray.