Book on the life of G.C. Foster launched

first_imgOther than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) 2 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals offense seems to be running on all cylinders through the first two weeks of the NFL season.I mean, the team does lead the NFL with 79 points scored through two victories. That is 11 points more than the second-highest scoring team, the New England Patriots.The offensive side of the ball is loaded with talent and it is only going to get better with the eventual returns of Mike Iupati and Bobby Massie to the offensive line, perhaps as soon as this week. Your browser does not support the audio element. – / 44 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Wide receiver Jaron Brown talked about the Cardinals offensive talent on the Burns & Gambo show of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday, using one word to best describe the group.“We have a dynamic group,” Ja. Brown said. “We’re a dynamic group at receivers and have play-makers at running back and tight end as well, so we are a very dynamic group.”Of course, it all starts at the top with quarterback Carson Palmer.The 12-year veteran has completed 64.3% of his passes and has thrown seven touchdown passes to just one interception. Palmer is also 15-2 in his last 17 starts with the Cardinals.In other words, the multitude of dynamic play-makers that Brown is referring to can’t make plays without someone feeding them the ball.During the Cardinals 48-23 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Brown got fed and was able to be on the receiving end on one of Palmer’s four touchdown passes.“It was a little dump screen to the left,” Brown said on his scoring play. “They had me out there and I know Jared (Veldheer) had a great block to take me in for the touchdown.”Brown caught two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown on the day, which were the third-highest totals in the game for the Cardinals. As the fourth wide receiver on the team, Brown knows that his opportunities will be limited every game and he is focused on going out and making the most of every chance he gets.“My role can change from week to week and I just have to be ready and prepare like I am going to be a starter,” he said. LISTEN: Jaron Brown, Cardinals wide receiver Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more