Veteran sprinter Kim Collins is aiming to set records should he qualify to represent St Kitts at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer.Should he make the team, it would be his sixth Olympic Games, but that is not the record he is aiming for.Collins says he would be going to Rio to do something no other man his age has ever done.The sprinter turns 40 years old in April, and has for the past few years defied time and convention by running faster as he has aged. In 2014 at age 38, Collins who is based in Jamaica, ran a personal best and age group record for men 35 and over, 9.96 seconds in London, almost a full tenth of a second faster than the 10.07 seconds he ran to win World Championship gold in Paris, France 13 years ago. In Rio, he wants to be faster.”I think it would be an amazing achievement to just have been to six Olympics,” said Collins. “First of all, I want to make the team, but for me personally I am looking to run under 10 at 40. That is my main goal and then whatever else happens, if I go out in the first round or whatever I would be happy with that because not everybody can hold up as a sprinter.”The 13-year-old age-group record for 40-year-old men is 10.29 seconds and is held by Troy Douglas of The Netherlands.CUTTING BACKTo ensure that his body holds up this year, Collins, who is coached by his Jamaican wife, Paula plans to cut back on his indoor season.”Last year, I had nine races. This year, we will have five including Dusseldorf, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Stockholm and Glasgow and then World Indoors,” he said.With the reduced schedule, Collins believes he will have enough left in the tank for that big push towards his goal for Rio.”I think I have it in me, based on where I am now I think I can go,” said Collins, who explained that he believed he could have achieved that goal in Beijing at the IAAF World Champions last August. “I got a little distracted after indoors last year and it threw everything off and I lost focus.”He concluded that at his age he is not trying to keep pace with the younger generation.”I am not trying to keep up with them. I am trying to run wey lef’ dem,” he said with a laugh.
Donegal Integrated Junior Orchestra and ChoirThe Donegal Integrated Junior Orchestra and Choir will this weekend treat audiences to performances of a new composition by a top Irish composer.Composer Elaine Agnew created ‘River of Dreams’ as part of the Peace III Projects Junior Ensemble project.Donegal Integrated Junior Orchestra and ChoirThe talented young performers of the Donegal Integrated Junior Orchestra and Choir (aged 6-13) will perform the piece on Friday September 27 at in Ramelton Town Hall Theatre at 7pm. The group will also be the opening act of the 2013 Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival on Saturday September 28 in the Ballyshannon Abbey Arts Centre at 8pm.The young musicians come from all over Donegal and include singers, woodwind, brass and string players from Dungloe to Ballyshannon, as well as a percussion group from Ayr Hill school in Ramelton. They have been learning musical and orchestral techniques for the past year and are ready to show their skills by performing live this weekend.The concerts are free of charge, due to the sponsorship from the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival, and funding provided by the Peace III Projects.DMEP’s Peace III Project Coordinator, Orlaith Gilcreest, says she sees “the social and musical skills developed by these young musicians over the past year as life-long tools for cross-community interaction and successful professional musicianship, invaluable skills that will stand to these young performers longterm, as performers and as individuals in wider society.” It is recommended that tickets are booked in advance. Tickets can be booked through the DMEP office on 074 91 20012, or through 087 924 5217. Booked tickets will be on the door at each concert.DONEGAL YOUTHS TO PERFORM ‘PEACE PIECE’ BY TOP COMPOSER was last modified: September 25th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:concertDMEPDonegal Integrated Junior Orchestra and Choir