Big shot confrontation at Champs

first_imgFormer Cornwall College and Calabar High School thrower Warren Barrett and expert throws coach Marlon Gayle will be watching the Boys and Girls’ Champs Class 1 shot put extra keenly. Barrett and Gayle expect big putts from reigning champion Kyle Mitchell of Calabar and season-leading Petersfield High School ace Kevin Nedrick, but neither is 100 per cent sure who will win. Barrett is hoping his former Calabar training partner will win, but Gayle is simply envisaging a great duel.Speaking at the G.C. Foster College for Sports and Physical Education, where he lectures and coaches, Gayle believes that the record of 19.52m will fall. “I think it’s time for the record to go,” he said at the Central Championships. He traced the ownership of the record from Ashinia Miller, who put 18.98m in 2011; to Fedrick Dacres; at 19.29m in 2013; and to the present holder, Demar Gayle, whom he coached at Edwin Allen. “If you check historically,” he recalled, “Ashinia had it about two years; Dacres took it, and Dacres had it for two years.””Demar did the very same,” he recounted of young Gayle’s 2015 mark of 19.52m.”It is two years old now,” pronounced the coach, “and I think it is time.” His guess is based on Nedrick’s outstanding 2017 season and his 20.08m throw at the CARIFTA Trials.Barrett believes in Mitchell. “I still think Kyle can come on top,” he said recently, “because both guys are capable of one big throw.” Mitchell’s big missile upset Barrett at Champs last year when it landed 19.27m from the circle. “That’s what I’ve noticed about both of them,” he expertly observed, “because last year, both of them threw 19m once, and it was to the shock of many.”Asked what makes the tall and athletic Nedrick so good, Gayle said, “This is a young man that loves competition, and I really admire that”. But he gives Mitchell high ratings in part because of fine work by Calabar throws genius Julian Robinson. “Based on what I’ve seen in Kyle, it’s just to put a few things together and I think from there, it should an exciting competition.”He is longing for a restaging of the 2013 shot fest between Dacres and Chadwick DaCosta from Kingston College. “That was an awesome competition,” the coach said.THRILLING SHOT PUTThe Class 1 shot put has been a thriller all season long. When Nedrick and Mitchell met at the Charlie Fuller Memorial at Manchester High in January, Mitchell took the lead with his last effort with a distance of 18.33m. The Petersfield boy cranked up a final-throw heartbreaker of 18.85m to win. He followed that with heaves of 19.05m at the STETHS Invitational and 18.94m at Western Champs.Nevertheless, Barrett hopes that the Calabar tradition in the throws will continue. “I think that Kyle can come out on top, hopefully, with a 20m throw,” he said in the knowledge that Miller’s national junior record is 20.12m. “I’ve been talking to him and mentoring him about some things I’ve done last year,” Barrett revealed, “and how he can improve on that, so I’ve been talking to him and, hopefully, if it’s God’s will, he’ll come on top at Champs once again.””He’s a very good, very good competitor,” Barrett said of Nedrick. “He’s one of the best I’ve seen since I started track and field.”last_img read more

From Guns To Reason

first_imgNow comes the time to vote for your favorite DJ, the March 2016 Liberia Entertainment Awards is in process and nominations are out. Countless DJs ‘smashed’ it this past year and a vast number of DJ sets played and were heard all around the world. But here are two reasons why Georgio Chea Queah, commonly known as DJ Weego Zico, Fresh Boy Dot Com, might be voted for.You may be struck by one thought: almost every person on LEA’s ‘Best DJ’ list is huge! Point is, music is a big world, with a lot of DJs in it; and while there are five DJs being nominated for LEA, it’s only a slice of the vast and ever-growing community of Liberian artists.DJ Weego Zico, who likes being called Fresh Boy, is one of the originators of the slogan and now genre of music called Hip-Co. That’s a peak for him and one of the reasons why he’s one of Liberia’s most popular celebrity DJ.“HIP-CO was started by my late colleague, DJ Summertime, and I after we started the foundation LIB Records. First we called it colloqua, but realized there is a ‘Hip’ world in America, Ghana, Nigeria and all parts of the world and decided to start the revolution of Hip-Co music,” he said.Furthermore, Fresh Boy has been rolling with whatever life threw at him since 1990; and it’s surprising that it’s taken until 2016 for him to start climbing the “Best DJ” list – proof that his Hip-Co playlist and slogan has become as popular as ever.A second reason why Fresh Boy might hold the crown as this year’s most valuable DJ is the fact that he put his gun down when he had to, literally.During Liberia’s vicious civil war, when hundreds of thousands of people were injured, lost their lives and were displaced, Fresh Boy did what he had to do to survive; like most of the ‘child soldiers’ who took up arms to find food for their beloved relatives did.“Back then I was very much aggressive, because we the children were living the free life. You had to use the guns to survive and I did that because I was a minor and innocent. I know that holding guns was not a good thing. Today I can admit that I was a child solider and fought for CharlesTaylor in Tubmanburg and controlled there along with Grand Cape Mount County; but that’s not me, I only did it ‘cause I was forced to,” he admitted.While the war ended with a truce years after he took up arms, Fresh Boy and crew started a project called “Lay down your guns and go to school” and eventually went from holding guns to being one of the most loved DJs, music promoter and advocates. “I went through the National Readjustment Commission, Amos Sawyer was the interim president then, and was counseled for 100 days after the war was over. There is no way in the world I can ever go back to those days because I am a man with the mind of a man who has feelings. I wouldn’t hurt a fly in this day and age,” he addedFor him, being loved by so many people today is a blessing, and instead of using violence or allowing himself to be manipulated into hurting others or himself, he advocates against violence and what it can result to.“Violence did nothing for me. At the end I have become an important role model for so many youths, and I didn’t have to hold a gun to get this love. For free, I will tell you I’ve changed; I feel proud to say it,” he jubilated.Meanwhile, it has been an impressive year for the DJ who’s holding his crown. Being a Liberian DJ is clearly his priority, and he does it so well. Supporting Liberian artists all over the world, Fresh Boy has closed the bridge between the way international and local Liberian artists work together, and should take credit for building that bridge-way.Voting ends in March. Cast your vote now and partake in history. this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more