Olympian hopes book will start dialogue and open eyes

first_img EVERYDAY STRUGGLE Blake recalled that his humble upbringing in the deep-rural Morningside district in St Elizabeth, and his everyday struggles to attend St Elizabeth Technical High School, “propelled” him to win a relay bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and silver at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. “It’s (book) going to start a dialogue and open the eyes. To be honest, I am not trying to be a millionaire from this book, My hope is that it will reach in the hands of all high-school athletes and they will be able to take this book home and let their parents read it,” explained Blake, who says he wants to help athletes stay focused “on the rugged path to athletic prowess”. He added that, the track arena is not going to be easy for the athletes, while noting he suffered “fights” during his time on the track. “The whole idea is to motivate athletes who come from a struggling background, disenfranchised kids. Kids sidelined and losing hope, this book is going to teach them to fight that type of demon and propel themselves forward. “I’ve had the experience of making the national team and some people did not want me on the 4x400m and coaches told me I am to stay focused, and I know exactly what that meant …” he recalled. Blake is of the view that past athletes are not well appreciated in Jamaica but he considers them “trend-setters for upcoming athletes to excel towards”. Blake, who represented Jamaica at two Olympic Games, two World Championships, two World University Games, one Pan American Games and one Commonwealth Games, stressed that he feels Jamaican athletes should show more guts and courage and not take abuse. “I find that with professional athletes, they have no backbone these days … . I have had experiences where these athletes just take anything. Sports in Jamaica has gone to a point where it’s all about winning, and athletes have suffered for the sport that they love, and the book is going to talk about some of the challenges that I have faced and correlate it with some of the challenges that other athletes have and will face over the years,” stressed Blake. Retired Olympian, Dennis Blake says he is hoping to use his book, Dennis Blake’s Memoir: An Olympian’s Hidden Secrets, to help young athletes, their parents, coaches and stakeholders of track and field to “knock out fear, overcome challenges and achieve their goals”. Blake, 45, describes himself as a coach, does consultation and gives motivational speeches to students, athletes and professionals seeking to reach the highest levels in sport. “This book opens an important conversation for anyone who is struggling to make a difference in their lives and to fulfil their personal goals,” he said. “Readers will be inspired by the indelible stories which will also shed light on the significant challenges faced by athletes when competing at the elite level,” Blake told The Gleaner in an interview. His book will be published in two parts, the first of which is scheduled to hit the shelves in summer in the United States and will be sold for US$14.95. “My hope and dream for this book is for it to be read by all athletes. It is mostly geared towards those disenfranchised athletes, those athletes who have goals and feel like they can’t make it or they don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel,” added Blake, who is now based in the United States.last_img read more

Update: Charlie Lake Caves could become a tourist attraction

first_imgMayor Bruce Lantz says there’s a huge tourist attraction just outside our door and it comes with a long history.He says the Charlie Lake Caves are an untapped resource that has the potential to draw visitors to the North.The caves are reported to be one of the only sites in North America to date back to before 10,500 years old.- Advertisement -Animal bones and plants have been excavated from the site. ***It was thought a human skeleton was found at the site, however, it turned out to be animal bones.Lantz brought the idea of developing the site to the Peace River Regional District meeting last Thursday.Advertisement [asset|aid=1211|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8b5c8ff25c9bcba813a94c79f80195d1-Bruce Lantz 1_3_Pub.mp3]The site is on private property, but Lantz says the property owner is willing to work with the region on developing the site.Lantz wants the region to look into building a secure walkway to the caves.He says the City owns property close to the site, so there is a possibility for private businesses to run concessions.Advertisement [asset|aid=1212|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8b5c8ff25c9bcba813a94c79f80195d1-Bruce Lantz 2_2_Pub.mp3]Lantz says the Regional District will research the possibility of developing the site.Once a report is completed, Lantz says he will present the idea to City Council to see if there is an appetite for the project.last_img read more

Full Weekend of Racing for Rowing

first_imgHead of the Rock – Oct. 8 – Rockford, Ill. (Rock River)8:50 a.m. – Women’s Collegiate 2×9:45 a.m. – Novice 4+10:45 a.m. – Varsity 4+12:55 p.m. – Women’s Open 2×1:20 p.m. – Novice 8+4:10 p.m. – Varsity 8+ Drake will conclude the fall campaign with its annual home race against rival Creighton on Nov. 4. Print Friendly Version “It is a unique fall weekend for us with two different regattas in different locations,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We’re excited to see how it goes for us. The primary reason is to take our team to races that their families and friends can easily get to. We have lots of kids from Illinois specifically the greater Chicago area, Minnesota, Wisconsin so to take them home or close to home is great.” In Minneapolis, boats will race on a beautiful course on the Mississippi that starts at the Minneapolis Rowing Club and ends approximately three miles upstream. The Head of the Mississippi is in its 38th year. In Rockford, boats will compete on a 2.75-mile course on the Rock River. The Head of the Rock is in its 32nd year. Below are the races and start times for the Bulldogs at each regatta. MINNEAPOLIS – The Drake University rowing team has a full weekend of racing beginning Saturday at the Head of the Mississippi Regatta in Minneapolis. Drake then travels to participate at the Head of the Rock Regatta on Sunday in Rockford, Ill. Head of the Minneapolis – Oct. 7 – Minneapolis, Minn. (Mississippi River)9:30 a.m. – Varsity 4+9:45 a.m. – Novice 8+12:15 p.m. – Varsity 8+ The Bulldogs are competing in back-to-back regattas in different cities during the same fall weekend for the first time. This allows the team to race at two regattas with strong competition on challenging courses in two locations that several Bulldog rowers are from or within a short driving distance from their respective hometowns in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.last_img read more