Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association President Nicole Grant-Brown said the country’s representatives surpassed expectations at the inaugural Caribbean Gymnastics Championships.”We expected the team to do well but they have done exceptionally well,” Grant-Brown told The Gleaner. “They worked very hard and performed way above their ability.”The young representatives topped the regional competition on the weekend at the National Indoor Sports Centre as they amassed 258 points to finish ahead of the Cayman Islands, 228, and Trinidad and Tobago, 219.Outstanding performancesThere were also outstanding performances from boys Samario Smalling, Atorio Brown, Steven Lewis, Daniel Williams, Thierry Lodge-McKnight, while among the girls Kaela Kai Yen, India Shirley, Jane Horan Taylor and Dijonae Cole were impressive.Lewis, a senior male, was the tournament’s top scorer with a score of 74.600. He had first-place finishes in Level Ten on the floor, vault and parallel bars. Williams was second with victory on the rings and pommel horse.Brown, performing at Level Eight, was the nation’s second top scorer with 62.950. He was perfect in winning all six disciplines (floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars).The tournament’s third top scorer, Smalling, tallied 58.300 points after winning the Level Four men’s pommel and high bars, while placing second in floor exercise, vault and parallel bars, and third on the rings.Best femaleThe best female performance came from Taylor, who scored 38.450 in Level Three junior girls. Taylor won all four events – vault, bars, beam and floor.Shirley was also first in Level Two female events, taking the vault and floor exercise to top the group with 37.250 points.Kimoya Banks followed her closely with 37.000, although she had just one win, on the floor. Jamilla Duffs was the next best scorer with 34.250, although her only win also came on the floor.Yen, in Level Five, followed with 32.375 points. She was first on the vault, bar and floor for a total 32.375 points.Cole scored 9.500 after she claimed firsts on the vault, bar and floor exercise for Level Three junior women.There were also great performances from Trinidad’s Natayla Lewis, Sydell Hines, Serena Burke, Keyara Prince, Rhenece Andrews, Karresa Kirton, Adrianna Houston and Amethyst Cuffy, and Cayman’s Igor Magalhes and Kaleb Woolaver.The tournament was basically a juniors championship, asthe organisers thought that Jamaica’s senior team was too advanced for the other countries, which would have given them an unfair advantage. As a result, the junior scores were used to determine the placing of the teams.”We are really trying to focus a lot on the juniors to get them competing a lot more, as the seniors have a lot more competition and the juniors don’t have those things,” explained Grant-Brown.”We are preparing our athletes for championships, because come next year when we have the Pan Am, the CAC championships and Commonwealth Games we will be included in these tournaments, so we can be in a position where we are included because we were not included last time (year) and we want to make sure we are competing in as many things as we possibly can,” she added.
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The Timeshare Industry held its 21st annual National Industry Awards on Friday night, at a well attended gala dinner, officially announcing the “best of the best” of each Member Company’s employees – and Accor Vacation Club was a sparkling performer – taking five of the night’s major awards – for individuals and teams excelling in their field.“Our teams have used creative and innovative thinking, hard work and to top the field in our industry” Craig Wood, CEO of Accor Vacation Club said of his teams’ wins.“All of Accor Vacation Club’s employees have been star performers, but some have exceeded expectations, and excelled, and have therefore received just recognition,” he added.“Congratulations from all Accor Management and staff are extended to the 2012 industry ambassadors of Accor Vacation Club,” he concluded.And the winners were…Sales Performer of the Year: Jeremy StephensSales Manager of the Year: Peter ColeMarketing Team of the Year: Guest Service Representative TeamCorporate Manager of the Year: Leanne EdwardsIndustry Innovation Award: Online Interactive Member Education Source = Accor Vacation Club