Wolmer’s runner beats books with eight ones at CSEC

first_imgBrains, and not all brawn, in a big way describes Wolmer’s Boys’ School student athlete, Damani Sulph, who though yet to medal on the sporting stage, has achieved an academic high of eight Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) subjects – all Grade Ones – in the recently concluded exam sitting. Young Sulph got distinctions in seven of his subjects – chemistry, physics, technical drawing, English literature, English language, mathematics and, visual arts, all with straight-‘A’ profiles. For mechanical technology, he got an AAB profile. The teen started Wolmer’s five years ago with much sporting potential, having clinched gold and bronze in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively, at the JISA/Seprod Prep Schools’ Champs. In 2011, as an eighth-grader, Sulph struck double gold in the 4×100 and 4×200 metres, while anchoring at the Gibson/McCook Relays. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, however, as Sulph has been slowed by injury. But as the youngster saw his track progression held back due to persistent injuries, he surged for the ultimate balance with academics. “Once I balance tracks and any sport with my schoolwork it will put me in pole position to get scholarships,” Sulph, who intends to be a top graphic designer, told The Gleaner. “I pay very keen attention, so that when I plan to study after school I have already retained much of the information,” he said, describing his method of balancing school and athletics. Due to injuries, his career hasn’t quite taken off in the way he hopes to at Champs, as he has not yet made it to an individual final. At Wolmer’s, though, he has peers of proven success and notes that 110m World Junior champion hurdler, Jaheel Hyde, serves as inspiration. “I want to achieve a final, at least at Champs, before I leave Wolmer’s, and go through a season injury-free,” he continued. “There were high hopes for me from second form after I got those two medals, and I want at least to live up to the expectations,” he stressed. Sulph will head to sixth form, then college, here in Jamaica or overseas. In the meantime, Wolmer’s Boys’ track coach, Christopher Harley, said he is proud of Sulph’s academic achievements and noted that it speaks well of Wolmer’s sporting and academic philosophy. Outside the classroom, Harley believes Sulph has not maxed out his potential and remains confident that if he overcomes injuries, he can achieve big things. “I don’t get a chance to see Damani at his best on the track side of things, but where discipline and academics are concerned, I have no complaints,” said Harley. “He (Sulph) didn’t get a chance to really showcase himself and to really show how far track and field could have taken him. He has another two years in school, so if he decides to put some work in (athletics), anything is possible,” Harley stressed. The student’s parents, Dwight and Marcia Sulph, are proud of their son’s straight-‘A’ profiles. “We are supportive parents; we always trusted his judgement from prep school days, I support him and I support every student athlete,” Dwight explained. His father describes himself as part of a fraternity that goes to all the track meets. “We support student athletes to ensure they go to class, get to training, and when I go to Stadium East training field to pick up my son after training I pack eight or nine of them (students) into my car to take to Wolmer’s,” he explained.last_img read more

Gerrard to select this XI in Rangers’ debut? Predicted Gers line-up v Shkupi

first_img Celtic sign teenage wonderkid Luca Connell from Bolton 2 NEW BHOY LANGUAGE BARRIER Top stories in Scottish football true love Gerrard will be hoping to win his first competitive match in football management ‘I think it’s careless’ – Gerrard takes aim at Scotland for Jack injury McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso KICK-OFF Jamie Murphy, Nikola Katic and Scott Arfield put Rangers 3-0 up at the break, before Arfield, Alfredo Morelos and Zak Rudden extended the score line after the break.Over 40,000 fans travelled to Ibrox for the encounter, which saw Gerrard select his team in a 4-1-4-1 system. Every one of Celtic’s fixtures for the new season in full Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Six summer signings – Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson, Jon Flanagan, Katic, Arfield and Murphy, who agreed a permanent switch to Ibrox this summer after spending part of last season on loan with the Gers – started against Bury, and many believe Gerrard will name the same starting line-up against Shkupi tonight given the exceptional performance his chosen XI put in on Friday.The only real questions were over whether Umar Sadiq or Lassana Coulibaly were to be chosen following their arrivals at Ibrox this week. However, neither player has been selected in Gerrard’s squad for the match.So, what team will Gerrard select this evening? talkSPORT’s predicted Rangers XI can be seen below… A FIGHTER scrap Defoe feels blessed at ‘amazing’ Rangers, reveals Gazza conversation decision NOT HAPPY Steven Gerrard starts his competitive managerial career on Thursday evening with Rangers hosting FK Shkupi in the Europa League first qualifying round.The Liverpool legend took charge of his first unofficial match on Friday night, as the Gers ran out 6-0 victors over League Two side Bury. Edinburgh derby: Three men charged following fan trouble during fiery clash Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally NO PLACE Listen to Ally McCoist’s heartfelt tribute to late Rangers icon Fernando Ricksen 2last_img read more