Sunday, August 28, 2011


By Judy Haughton-James

               It is a time of excitement for me as I am a big sports fan. Yippee!  The World Games are on in Daegu, South Korea! Over the years Janine and I have been big fans of these games. You would see us seated in our living-room with our eyes glued to the television taking in the events.

        As Jamaicans excelled on the track we would cheer and oh what a thrill it was when we saw the Jamaican flag held aloft by fans or making its way up a pole as our national anthem was played.  I will never forget the joy Janine shared with me a few months before her death in 2008 as she watched every moment of Jamaica's exceptional performance at the Olympics.

         We have always been big sports fans paying close attention to athletics, football, cricket,  netball etc. We watched and listened  to sports newscasts  and sports programmes so much that we knew even some of the results and names of  top personalities in games that we were not necessarily big fans of.
           Well, there was some disappointment today when our top athlete, Usain Bolt, was disqualified in the men's 100m race. Anyway Jamaicans had something to cheer about as another Jamaican, Yohan Blake, won the race and became the youngest world champion ever over this distance. 

        Sports certainly teaches us life lessons. It makes us realize that nothing is certain in life and  the winner is only known after the event. Anyway I hope Usain will bounce back. As one of my favourite quotations states "It is not whether you get knocked down, it is whether you get back up." - Vince Lombardi

          If there is one game that I would like to learn how to play and get some good exercise in the process, it would be lawn tennis. I tried table tennis in the past but just for a little fun. If you are a sports fan, which game is your favourite? Is there a game that you wish you played or are currently playing?  

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