Fire on Ice! … Mayhew looks forward to historic bobsled competition

first_imgMeet 17-year-old Daniel Mayhew.He cannot drive a car, but he is quite competent, and on evidence, very comfortable guiding a bobsleigh downhill at 110km/h.The Charlemont High school student will head off to a training camp next week before taking his place as Jamaica’s first representative at the Winter Youth Olympic Games where he will feature in the Monobob competition.Remember that movie Cool Runnings?Well this is yet another version of Jamaicans defying logic and excelling on ice.Mayhew’s case becomes even more outstanding when the fact that he only stepped in a bobsleigh for the first time a mere 11 months ago at a Swiss training camp is taken into consideration.”I can’t recall exactly what I was feeling, but I know I was very nervous at first. They started me at the middle of the track, so that I didn’t get as much speed as I would if I started at the top,” Mayhew recollected during a recent chat with The Gleaner.HEARD HORROR STORIESHe heard many horror stories before that maiden voyage, but his first few runs were incident free, and as his confidence grew, so did his popularity among the other young athletes at the camp.The Jamaican, who lives in the St Catherine community Orange Field, which was also home to former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, went on to win two ‘B’ finals and book his place among the qualifiers for the February 12 – 21 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.”I am a little bit surprised. I was the underdog and coming out on top in the B finals shows that I am going somewhere and I can see that I am improving my driving skills and my overall performance,” Mayhew added.”Going to the Olympic Games is a really extraordinary feeling. When I finished my qualifying run and knew that I qualified, it was an overwhelming feeling. I am hoping to get a medal possibly even the gold. The potential is there for me to do it, all I have to do is listen to my coach and I know I can come out on top,” he said.It was that well-rounded coach Harry Nelson, his eighth grade physical education teacher, who took the academic enthusiast out of a class one day and greeted him with the words: “I am have mission for you. You are going to compete in the bobsled.”Hard words to process for a teenager, who had little interest in actually competing in sports. But Nelson, who was impressed with the form shown during eight grade PE, was convinced he had the potential.”At first I was not attracted to the sport, it all happened really suddenly … I really wasn’t that interested at first; who wants to do that (bobsled)?” he laughed. “It’s a very different experience, but it has been extraordinary.”Mayhew, who has passed eight subjects all with ones and twos has hopes to become a commercial pilot in the future but is, however, happy that he decided to take the leap in the bobsleigh and is looking to do his best in Norway.But has he seen the movie Cool Runnings?”I saw that movie before. It was really just like any other movie to me. It really wasn’t that interesting to me at first, but before I left I watched it again because I had a feeling people were going to ask me about it,” he laughed.Maybe his story will play a part in a sequel.last_img read more

360i Picks Up Three Shorty Awards, Including Best Large Agency

first_imgWe’re excited to announce that 360i and our client partners have won three Shorty Awards. Among the accolades were top honors in the best “Best Large Agency” category, which 360i won for the second-straight year.360i client Oreo was named a Best Brand on Vine (a new category this year) thanks to popular content such as the “Snack Hacks” how-to series and clever Halloween Vines that parodied iconic horror movies. Other finalists in this category included Samsung and Dunkin Donuts.Additionally, 360i and Oscar Mayer took home top honors in the “Best Use of Social for Food & Beverage” category for the brand’s “Say It With Bacon” campaign, a tongue-in-cheek effort that allowed people to gift luxe bacon gifts for Father’s Day.360i earned finalist nods in three categories: Best Social Good Campaign (#Mamming), Best Use of Social Media for TV (HBO Game of Throne’s #ROASTJOFFREY) and Best Use of Animated GIFs (Bravo & GIPHY’s I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding).The Shorty Awards, now in its sixth year, honors “the best in social media” and has been dubbed “The Oscars of Social Media” by The New York Times. This year’s event featured host Natasha Leggero.Congratulations to all winners and finalists in this year’s Shorty Awards, and to the team at 360i and our clients for their ongoing partnership.Cover photo via NewMediaRockStars.com.last_img read more