Champs memories!!!

first_imgWho can forget that fateful Saturday evening 26 years ago when Daniel England was pipped on the line by Donovan Powell.It was late evening on the final day of Champs when Asafa Powell’s brother performed the unthinkable.The seemingly indomitable high school legend was “famously” defeated on a day when historians were keen to see whether he could perform the feat of Kingston College’s Lennox “Billy” Miller, to win three 200-metre races in Class One at Boys’ Champs.England, running in one of his last events at the famed Championships, was finally dethroned as 200 metres champion.For four years, since he was in Class Two, the Calabar High athlete seemed indomitable.For until 1990, he was unbeaten not only in the 200 metres, but the 400 metres as well, ala Michael Johnson of Olympic fame.It was in the 400 metres that England rose to stardom, four years earlier, when he was in Class Two.There were the typical bouts of frenzied cheers when the popular athlete graced the track to produce a superlative clash.The little man did not appear to be perturbed, even when perennial rivals KC dispatched 200 metres and 400 metres specialists to upstage the mighty one.Quite aptly described as the little man with a big heart, the diminutive Calabar athlete collared and clobbered all and sundry.It was not that he was not tested by other stalwarts.Daniel England simply proved unbeatable against all opposition at Boys’ Champs in the late 1980s.That is, until the start of the new decade when he ran into St Jago High School’s Donovan Powell in the 200 metres.The gun went off and the roar went up. Less than 21 seconds later, a noisy debate replaced the cheers.The two super athletes had crossed the finish line together.After the dust settled and the deliberations and debates eased, Powell was adjudged the winner of one of the most exciting 200-metre races to grace the most magnificent of high school meets in the world.Even with the rare loss in the 200 metres, Daniel England left high school undefeated in the 400 metres.last_img read more

Making courts kid-safe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – A fledgling organization in La Puente wants to change the court system to keep children away from their alleged abusers.The Family Court Reform Coalition formed about three months ago.“We wanted the organization to reflect the large number of professionals who want to help protect children,” said Executive Board Member Tasha Amador.The coalition has about45 members on its advisory board, with more lining up to volunteer, she said.The organization is starting up in an office in La Puente and is applying for nonprofit status, Amador said.The coalition was formed by members of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the National Organization for Women but is not affiliated with that group, Amador said.The advisory board includes professionals and advocates from around the country.“We have been fighting the courts that are doing outrageous things to women and children,” said Dr. Paul Fink, coalition advisory board member and president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.Some courts use a controversial theory called “parental alienation syndrome” that puts children with an abusive parent, he said.“We’d like to find a way to get courts to learn about science – what is valid and what is not,” Fink said. “Our goal is to get reform into the court system.”The coalition will provide a responsible parent with a knowledgable attorney and psychiatrists who could serve as expert witnesses to counter the system, he said.The group also wants to educate the public about this issue, formulate reform and advocacy strategies and push for legislation to effectively address these problems to better protect children and families, Amador said.One educational tool is a documentary titled “Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories,” which explores custody cases involving domestic violence.The coalition did not produce the documentary, but some of its advisory members appear in it, Amador said.But the group may face an uphill battle. These types of organizations don’t have a lot of power and influence, said Dean Tong, a family rights and forensic consultant on child abuse, domestic violence and custody cases.He had not heard about his specific group, but he said in general such a grass-roots organization might generate some media attention but they won’t necessarily influence public policy. 962-8811, Ext. 2230last_img read more