Powell to meet with Puma

first_imgAsafa Powell is to meet with Puma executives in Austin, Texas, next month to begin ‘fleshing out’ some of the ideas he has for making his relationship with the sporting goods company mutually beneficial. The 32-year-old former world record holder is two months into his multi-year deal with Puma and said the company has been very receptive to his ideas. “We went to Germany last month and we were just throwing out ideas and they were just absorbing everything,” he said. “It’s like they didn’t know that I would have wanted to do all these things with them, so they were just absorbing everything and wanted to do it. They were interested in everything I lined out and they were excited to work with me.” Based on his experience with Puma so far, the former world record holder, who was once signed to Nike and Li Ning, believes them to be different than other shoe companies. FANTASTIC COMPANY “They are just fantastic people. Other companies are just about business, they don’t have a relationship with the athletes, but this company is a great company. I have been with them for a couple of months and I am very happy with them and very excited about how things are going.” Meanwhile, Powell’s coach and brother, Donovan, is also reaping the benefits of his younger brother’s successful return to the track after the unfortunate events of 2013. Powell began training with his brother while serving a six-month drug suspension after ingesting a tainted supplement. The company that manufactured the supplement agreed to an out-of-court settlement, which exonerated the athlete and his former MVP clubmate, Sherone Simpson. Powell returned to the track and was the third fastest man in the world for 2015, courtesy of his 9.81 run in Paris on July 4. He was also a member of Jamaica’s gold medal sprint relay team at the World Championships in Beijing, China, this past August. That success has seen a number of athletes wanting to join his brother’s Fast Twitch club that is based in Texas. “We are building from scratch and hopefully we can expand. We have a few athletes coming in now that they see what my brother is doing,” said Powell, referring to a number of Jamaican athletes like Natasha Morrison and Kerron Stewart, who joined the club in the off season. Powell revealed that there are many more athletes waiting to join. “I think that is what people wanted to see. They wanted to see if he knew what he was doing, so now the amount of people, trust me, we just have to wait and get everything in order. We are just trying to start from scratch and build an empire.”last_img read more

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Melbourne scientist wins gold in medical Olympics

first_imgA Melbourne scientist won a gold medal at the First International Meeting of Medical Olympics Contest in Thessaloniki for research her laboratory has done in the use of natural compounds, such as olive oil and cinnamon, in treating diabetes and cancer. Katherine Ververis was chosen to represent her laboratory at the conference where she presented five papers on various research conducted at the Epigenomic Medicine Laboratory at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. The laboratory won a gold medal and three silvers for their work. The aim of the conference, which was held in Thessaloniki from 23 to 25 September, was to present original papers of social interest in the medical field. “I was really excited and happy for the lab and wanted to share the news with them,” said the 23-year-old, telling Neos Kosmos how she felt after she found out her laboratory had won the medals. “Everyone worked really hard on these projects so it’s nice when you’re rewarded for your work.” Ververis, who is currently completing her PhD, assisted in the research which has found that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory aspects and can help “our cells divide and make new cells”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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