Kingston College’s 17-year-old standout Jhevaughn Matherson – one of the most talented young sprinters in Jamaica – says he is more motivated ahead of the upcoming season, after his recent recognition at the Courtney Walsh Award For Excellence.Matherson’s young career has been hampered due to a string of injuries, but the youngster, who was honoured for his sporting and academic performances, says he is looking forward to the upcoming 2017 season, when he will be expected to lead Kingston College’s charge for the boys’ title at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.”I was not necessarily surprised when I won the award but I was a bit astonished as it was a great feeling to be named best student athlete for the past year,” said Matherson after a recent training session. “Being tops in sports and in academics is a wonderful feeling, and this goes to show that basically life has many streams and you cannot afford to focus in one area because you have to open your mind and do well in everything you do.”Matherson stated that it has not been difficult for him to balance by doing well in academics and on the track. “It is not necessarily hard as sacrifices will always have to be made and you won’t always have time for fun but know your real focus and you have to push for that,” he said.The lower sixth-form student passed seven subjects, including English and mathematics in external examinations.Matherson stated that he has been more inspired by his recent award and is looking forward for special performances on the track next season once he remains injury-free.”When you get an academic award when you are a good athlete, it shows that you are heading into the right direction, so I hope to continue. Doing better is always the right priority, and next year I am looking forward to do even much better and I am more mature now, my dreams have always been big and to achieve my dream to be at the top will be spectacular,” Matherson said.Unlike may athletes who have gone professionally straight out of high school, Matherson is not looking on that route.”It is always smart to get your education intact, and different people do different things but I am happy for the culture at Kingston College as majority of our student athletes go straight to university, and at the moment that is where my heart is,” said Matherson.- R.G.
Doc Lawson and Nyumah Johnson, 11, doing an exercise yesterday in West PointThirty-five (35) kids, including 10 girls and 25 boys, yesterday enjoyed two hours of soccer exercises led by Doc Lawson, president and chief executive officer of DonamiSport, at the West Point beach that linked the program with the ‘Follow the Water’ project launched recently by The Last Well.A group picture with Doc Lawson and the participating kids at the end of the programThe Last Well is an initiative of Rev. Dr. Todd Philips to make sure that every Liberian community has a well that provides safe drinking water by the year 2020.Mr. Lawson is a vice president for Last Well’s Liberia project. The project works along with Christian groups throughout the country to make safe drinking water available for all Liberians by that specific date.DonamiSport works with the Young Men Christian Organization (YMCA) to introduce kids to sports and has been doing that for that last seven years in several communities in Montserrado, Bong, and Margibi counties.‘Follow the Water’ is a recent project that ensures that healthy children deserve safe drinking water to follow up their dreams by using water as a means to ensure that no Liberian child dies of preventable diseases that originate from poor water.The ten girls that participated in the soccer exercises with their footballsSupported by West Point residents Josiah Toe and Aoliker A. Togbeh, the 35 kids went through several soccer exercises, including jumping jacks, dribbling the ball while in motion, group distribution of the ball, playing to become a team player, among others. Doc Lawson, a former Liberian soccer star in the United States Soccer League and an Olympian, led the exercises.Each of the kids received a football, a tee shirt or jersey; and at the end of the program was entertained with juices, water, and popcorn.The children commended Doc Lawson and his team for the exercises and expressed appreciation for the project. Mr. Lawson informed them that a soccer tournament is expected to be held at the venue in about two weeks.Mr. Lawson told the Daily Observer that the program was to increase awareness in the community of the importance of safe drinking water because The Last Well is passionate about working with its partners to make safe drinking water available for all Liberians, particularly those in communities where safe drinking water is hard to find in the dry season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)