Parchmnent working hard to secure gold in Rio

first_imgDespite the “unpredictable” and highly technical nature of the 110-metre hurdles, 25-year-old Hansle Parchment believes he has enough experience and confidence to upstage his main rivals and win Jamaica’s’ first-ever gold in this event at this year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.”Everyone is potentially a medal winner, it (110m hurdles) is a very unpredictable event and anyone can win,” said Parchment, adding “very, very difficult in my discipline. Sometimes you are very relaxed and that’s when you are running faster, sometimes you tense a bit and that’s when you slow down. So it’s unpredictable.”He first crafted his hunt for supremacy with gold at the 2011 World University Games.Parchment is now Jamaica’s most successful hurdler, courtesy of an Olympic bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last year.”You don’t know when you will run fast. You just have to work on your technique and set goals each time, and go with God,” he continued.With regard to this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he said of his target: “Gold. I am aiming for the highest, once I am healthy.”I am working really hard and I feel I can be among the top three,” he told The Gleaner.13-SECOND BARRIERThe former University of the West Indies athlete also holds a place in local history as the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier.”I am very positive, I feel good, and remaining healthy is the main aim for this season. Once I can keep healthy, I will perform very well and I am really looking towards the Olympics this year, I think it will be great for a lot of people,” Parchment said, while tipping himself to medal.Coached by the legendary Fitz Coleman, Parchment has already achieved what former outstanding Jamaican hurdles giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall before him did not.He, however, maintains not taking anything for granted.”I work tirelessly on getting my technique better each year. With this hard work that I am putting in, I want to give some really great performances this year.”last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed his dream of becoming an actor – and has signed up to acting classes in Galway.DanielThe Kincasslagh man is on an extended break from his music career and will be heading to drama school in the coming weeks.The crooner hopes the experience will help him land a role in a musical in the future.He has revealed in the past how he would love even a walk-on part on his favourite soap opera, Coronation Street.“I plan to take part in a workshop in acting, but only for a week,” he said.“That is just what it would be like, as I have always thought that I would like to do something- perhaps in a musical.”“This will just give me a feel for it and it will be with an acting school in Galway.”Daniel’s manager is already coming up with some ideas for what roles the singer would be suited for.“It is with somebody that my new manager, Kieran Cavanagh, knows and he is coming up with his own ideas for what I might be suitable for and he is bringing those ideas to the table.”In an interview with his eponymous fan club magazine, Daniel assured fans he will be returning to music soon enough.“I’m not retired, I have not given up, it’s just a break from touring,” he said.“I know that I will be going back and this thought makes the sabbatical more enjoyable.DANIEL MOVES A STEP CLOSER TO ‘CORRIE’ DREAM WITH ACTING CLASSES was last modified: June 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ACTING CLASSESDANIL O’DONNELLdonegallast_img read more