Young Jesse Marsh’s national 13-14 age group 100 metres butterfly record, set at the long course time trial at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta, United States, last weekend, is causing a buzz in the local swimming fraternity. The Florida-based St Andrew’s student lowered the previous mark of 59.27 seconds to 58.49 and became the first local 13-14 age group swimmer to go below the 59 seconds marker. Jesse’s father and former Swim Jamaica vice-president, Allan Roy Marsh, described the young swimmer’s achievement as surprising, noting that Jesse did not practise the 100 butterfly since July, and has basically been competing on his own. “To some extent, it was (surprising). He has been working hard and working consistently. What was surprising is that he was able to go to the US junior nationals in Atlanta the week before and break the butterfly record, improving his time by a second-and-a-half. “That was surprising, because it was such a big meet, and he was not at his best. But he has been putting in the work, and we are happy,” he told The Gleaner. GREAT POTENTIAL “We knew he had the potential to do it, and he basically swam the race by himself and on the last day of the meet. This was the first butterfly he had competed in the long course pool since July, so he wasn’t in practice for it, but he was able to carry his condition in from his training,” he continued. Marsh has been getting rave reviews from local swimming experts, who are hailing him as the next big thing from the pool. But his father is not so sure just now. He wants the young swimmer to develop and take things in stride. “There is a positive feedback because we do not have many national age group records, and there are people reacting very positive towards this. He trains consistently. The coaches admire his work ethic. Among his current coaches at St Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, is a former Jamaican swimmer, Ramon Walton. Walton says Jesse is very coachable and he works, and they told me he was the only swimmer who made every practice this high-school season. “This is something he loves to do, I never had to push him. I just gave him support, and I am very pleased (with this achievement). But it’s what he wants to do, because you can’t really predict the future of young age group swimmers. So many things can happen, so many distractions can take place. “So talent is only the beginning, work rate is what is important. The older the swimmer gets, his work ethic and being coachable are more important. Talent alone cannot take you to the highest level; you need work ethic and belief. But if you continue to work you will move up the ranks as you get older,” he stated.
Source: Sonia Harris/Twitter Updated 16.34pmA SERIES OF redundancies has been announced at the Sunday World and Herald newspapers under a new merger.A spokesperson for Independent News and Media confirmed there will be a total of 13 voluntary redundancies.TheJournal.ie understands that if this quota is not reached, management will be forced to look at involuntary redundancies to meet the quota.“Employees have been informed and the company, with immediate effect, is engaging with its editorial staff to discuss the redundancies,” a statement from INM read.The papers are introducing new work processes, involving reporters filing stories to digital formats first, rather than print.The editorial staff of the Sunday World and The Herald will now work together.“Fundamental restructuring”Stephen Rae, INM editor-in-chief, said the moves were part of a “fundamental restructuring of the production and reporting process”.Similar changes have already taken place in the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, and The Herald.It is understood that Alan Steenson, editor of The Herald, has had several meetings already with his counterpart in the Sunday World, Colm MacGinty, prior to today’s merger.Both papers have a similar focus on crime and showbiz, with The Herald being more Dublin-orientated, and still running a daily evening edition.It was rebranded from the Evening Herald in March of last year.An insider source told TheJournal.ie that “the Sunday World brand is considered to be strongest, especially taking in their readership figures”.“It would be essentially in the driving seat,” they added.Showbiz writer Amanda Brunker, currently one of the most high-profile names in the Sunday World, is one of those whose byline would be expected to potentially appear across seven days under the merger.There will also be a link-up between the crime coverage in two papers, considered to be the forte of the Sunday World which has in the past run advertising campaigns for their coverage featuring reporters such as Nicola Tallant, Mick McCaffrey and Eamon Dillon.Twitter was already speculating on a potential new name: Herald and Sunday World to merge. Details to be announced tomorrow. #EveningWorld— Sonia Harris Pope (@SoniaHarrisPR) August 12, 2014 Figures from February this year put the Sunday World’s circulation at over 208,000, a fall of 4.1% from the period from July to December 2013, while The Herald had more than 56,000, a fall of 4.6%.In January, an editing and design office used by Independent Newspapers was closed, with the loss of 50 jobs.Originally published 10.42amRead: INM sees group revenue decline, but digital advertising revenue is up >