REGGAE GIRLZ MOVE TOWARD WORLD CUP—10/11/14
The $200,000 the Reggae Girlz received through their crowdfunding campaign will help the national soccer team toward participating in the 2015 Women’s World Cup competition in Canada. The team received significant donations to help them move toward qualifying for the championship. The crowdfunding was helped along through the efforts of Cedella Marley, an entrepreneur and the daughter of Bob Marley, who led the online program.
SLACK PLANS COMPETITION IN TWO OLYMPIC GAMES IN FOUR YEARS—10/12/14
Salcia Slack, Jamaican heptathlete, is planning to compete in two Olympic Games over the next four years. The first competition is the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 2016, followed by the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018. Slack, 24, is a student at New Mexico Highlands University and competed in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. She is trying out for a female Jamaican bobsled team in November 2014.
STERLING SUBJECT OF DEBATE IN UK FOOTBALL—10/15/14
Raheem Sterling, Jamaican-born British winger, started a serious debate in the United Kingdom concerning his decision not to start for England in the European qualifying match against Estonia. He has faced significant criticism after saying he was “too tired” to start. England was victorious in the match. Sterling, who is 19 years old, joined the team as a second-half substitute, and Roy Hodgson, team manager, then said the winger complained of fatigue on the eve of the match.
BURRELL WARNS AGAINST EXPECTING MIRACLES—10/16/14
The head of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is warning Jamaica not to expect “miracles” in consistently qualifying for the FIFA World Cup. He said the odds are always against the team due to the resources invested in the program. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have struggled to have a significant impact on qualification campaigns since the 1998 World Cup in France. The team has made the final round in only two of four subsequent qualifiers. Burrell notes that the World Cup qualification is a very competitive environment, but that the team is doing the best it can, given the level of investment it receives.