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ACC L African Caribbean Community Organisation Ltd

Community Magazine Issue 9 Autumn 2010

Black History Month Edition


Editors notes: In this edition we focus on a small number of local sports professionals as well as taking an historical look at the contribution that African Caribbean people have made to sport in England. We are aware that there are many more local sports achievers and many African Caribbean young people who are excelling in sports and we would really like to hear about those successes and feature them in future editions. It is important to take time out to recognise and reflect on the positive things that have/are happening in our local community. It is an opportunity to inspire those who are not involved in their community to get involved, and an opportunity to reinvigorate, recognise and encourage those that are working hard in organisations/associations & clubs that aim to support and help the community. If you have a story to tell we would love to hear from you. It could be that you have been promoted, your child has done well academically, started your own business, etc, etc. Thank you to all those who submitted articles for this edition. Special thanks to the advertisers who have helped to make production of this magazine possible. If you would like to contribute to future editions please email us; afca.org@btinternet.com or call 024 7622 3020.

Front cover pictures: •

Clyde McIntosh

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Marlon Devonish & Team celebrate Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

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Arriving on Windrush

Disclaimer & Copyright The views expressed by magazine contributors, do not necessarily represent the views of ACCOL, Those articles written by third parties are the sole responsibility of the writers and the writer will take full responsibility, liability, and blame for any libel or litigation that results from something written. All trademarks, design rights, copyrights, registered names, mottos, logos, used in this magazine are the property of their respective owners and have been reproduced in this magazine with their permission. 2


Included in this edition: 

Profile of ACCOL Staff and Officers



Snapshots on Marlon Devonish & Isyden Christie



British African Caribbean's in Sport



The growth of Black Sporting Icons



Features on : Clyde McIntosh Errol Christie Ronnie Williams & Steadman Francis



Short poems by Errol Devonish & Barbara King

Celebrating Black History Month In an ideal world, there would be no need for Black History Month, not because the heritage and accomplishments of Black People is unimportant, but because peoples contributions to the world should not be distinguished based on skin colour. However, the world is far from ideal. From the doctor who performed the first open heart surgery, to the man who invented the golf tee, black people have made significant contributions. They have triumphed despite frustrations, indignities and limitations imposed by society, and yet, their victories have too often been overlooked. Black History Month is a time to recognise unsung black heroes. Share their stories with your children. Celebrate!

CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS 3


ACCOL STAFF & OFFICERS Bill Hall Project Co-ordinator

Angela also works part-time for FolesHillfields Vision Project a community organisation whose work is to bring local people of different communities together to interact, listen to each other and develop understanding of differences and commonalities within a global perspective.

Bill has extensive experience of working both in the Voluntary & Community Sector as well as the Angela is also currently a Governor at Henley statutory sector both here in College and Chair of Coventry's Supplementary Coventry and in Birmingham. Schools Forum. Bill has been with the organisation since 2006 during which time he has managed to raise the profile of the organisation within the statutory sector, and to maintain a positive presence within the community.

Isiah (Pete) Williams, Chair Isiah has been committed to African Caribbean organisations since his youth, he was founder member of one of the first African Caribbean youth organisations in Coventry

Bill’s main area of expertise is fundraising and he has successfully obtained funding for a number of organisations, he sits on the Management Board of a number of organisations and represents ACCOL at various consultative and partnership meetings. Isiah serves as an inspiration to many young people who left school with minimal qualificaAs Project Co-ordinator he manages the day to tions by winning Outstanding Individual Learner day operation of the organisation and ensures as part of National Adult Learners Week in 2008. that the organisation meets its legal obligations. Isiah has a passion for music and along with his brother Asher is a regular contributor on Hillz Bill has recently been invited to Chair the FM and he has recently been invited to become a Steering Group of the Hillz FM, a local commumember of the Hillz FM Steering Group. nity radio station which he founded in his previous employment. Chair of ACCOL since it's formal registration and currently employed by the Youth Offending Angela Knight Service.

Information & Communication

Chris Christie Treasurer

Angela also has extensive experience of working in the voluntary and community sector in Coventry in a variety of roles.

Long established youth worker at the Holyhead Centre in Coventry, which was Coventry's first youth club targeting Angela joined ACCOL in 2007 as Capacity the African Caribbean CommuBuilding Officer to manage a project which came nity. Mentor to 100s of young black people about as a result of a number of African Caribpassing through the centre spanning at least 2 bean organisations successfully coming together generation. to submit an application to Change UP.

When funding for Capacity Building project ceased Angela remained with the organisation as Information & Communication Officer, responsible for the production our quarterly Community Magazine, maintaining the website, disseminating information via our extensive database jointly organising events with Bill, and supporting other African Caribbean organisations.

A talented musician who has worked with many popular musicians including many of the stars of the two tone era and currently guitarist with increasingly well known local group Riddim Stone. Chris has been able to pass on his passion for music to many African Caribbean youngsters particularly at the African Caribbean Young Peoples Centre formerly The Holyhead. 4


Marlon Devonish, MBE Competitor for

Great Britain

Olympic Games Gold

2004 Athens

4x100 m relay

World Championships

Born in Coventry, Marlon is an Olympic sprint gold medallist, being a member of the British 4 x 100m sprint relay team who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He is a member of the Coventry Godiva Harriers athletics club.

Silver

1999 Sevilla

4x100 m relay

Bronze

2005 Helsinki

4x100 m relay

Bronze

2007 Osaka

4x100 m relay

Bronze

2009 Berlin

4x100 m relay

European Championships Gold

2006 Gothenburg 4 x 100 m

Bronze Bronze

2002 Munich

200 m

2006 Gothenburg 200 m Commonwealth Games

Marlon and his team celebrate as they win gold in men's 4 x 100m relay final at the 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 12.

Gold

1998 Kuala Lumpur 4 x 100 m

Gold

2002 Manchester 4 x 100 m

Silver

2002 Manchester 200 m World Indoor Championships

Gold

2003 Birmingham 200 m

Iysden Christie Born in Coventry, Iysden began his career as a trainee at Coventry City in 1995. He made his FA Premier League debut on 23 September 1995, appearing as a second-half substitute in Coventry's 5-1 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers. He made one further appearance, in the League Cup before joining Bournemouth on loan in November 1996, followed by a loan spell with Mansfield Town from February 1997. Between 1997 and 2010 Iysden played for a number of teams including; Leyton Orient, Stevenage Borough, Rochdale, Kings Lyn and Torquay United and is currently striker for Kettering Town.

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British African-Caribbean's in Sports British African-Caribbeans are well represented in traditional British sports such as football and rugby, and have represented the nation at the highest level in sports. Some British AfricanCaribbeans have gone on to become international sports stars and top global earners in their chosen sporting field. In Athletics Britain's first Olympic sprint medals came from Harry Edward, born in Guyana, who won two individual bronze medals at the 1920 games in Antwerp. Many years later, sprinter Linford Christie, born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, won 23 major championship medals, more than any other British male athlete to date. Welsh Hurdler Colin Jackson, held the 110 meters hurdles world record for 11 years between 1993 and 2004. Jamaican-born Tessa Sanderson became the first British African-Caribbean woman to win Olympic gold, receiving the medal for her javelin performance in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Denise Lewis, of Jamaican heritage, won heptathlon gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a games where 13 of Britain's 18 track and field representatives had AfricanCaribbean roots. Four years later in the Athens Olympics, Kelly Holmes, achieved the rare feat of taking gold in both the 800 and 1500 metre races. In the same games, Britain's men's 4 x 100 metre relay team of Marlon Devonish, Darren Campbell, Mark Lewis-Francis and Jason Gardener, all of African-Caribbean heritage, beat the favoured United States quartet to claim Olympic gold.

weight during the late 1990s. Middleweights Chris Eubank, who spent his early years in Jamaica, and Nigel Benn, of Barbadian descent, both claimed world titles and fought a series of brutal battles in the early 1990s. In the Sydney Olympics of 2000, Audley Harrison (who has Jamaican heritage) became Britain's first heavyweight gold medalist. Other boxing champions from the British African-Caribbean community include the welterweight Lloyd Honeyghan, nicknamed 'Ragamuffin Man' in reference to his Jamaican roots. In Cricket Cricket has long been a popular sport amongst AfricanCaribbean's both in the West Indies and the UK. After the period of widespread immigration, tours of England by the combined West Indian cricket team became cultural celebrations of Caribbean culture in Britain, particularly at cricket grounds such as The Oval in South London. Almost all the great West Indian cricketers became regular features of the domestic county game, including Garfield Sobers, Vivian Richards and Michael Holding. In turn, British cricketers of Caribbean origin also began to make an impact in English cricket. In the 1980s-1990s, players including Gladstone Small (born in Barbados), Devon Malcolm (born in Jamaica), and Phillip DeFreitas (born in Dominica) represented England, making significant contributions to the side. In Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton whose grandparents immigrated from Grenada achieved the In Boxing highest honour in Motorsport, winning the British boxers of a FIA Formula One World Caribbean backChampionship in 2008, ground have played only his second season in a prominent role in the national boxing the sport, after narrowly finishing second in the scene since the early championship in his debut season. 1980s. In 1995 Frank Bruno, whose and particularly in Football mother was a Pentecostal laypreacher from The first West Indian-born footballer to play Jamaica, became Britain's first world heavyfootball at a high level in Britain was Andrew weight boxing champion in the 20th century. Watson, who played for Queens Park (Glasgow) Bruno's reign was shortly followed by Lennox Lewis, who defeated Evander Holyfield and Mike and went on to play for Scotland. Born in May 1857 in British Guyana, Watson lived and Tyson to become the world's premier heavy 6


worked in Scotland and came to be known as one of the best players of his generation. He played in 36 games for Queens Park and also appeared for the London Swifts in the English FA Cup championship of 1882, making him the first Black player in English Cup history. Watson earned 2 Scottish Cup medals and 4 Charity Cup matches. Watson's place in football history for Queens Park - making Watson the first African-Caribbean man to reach the boardroom included a spell in management as Club Secretary medals during his career; Who's Who also acknowledged his performances in international Other early Caribbean footballers included Walter Tull, of Barbadian descent, who played for the north London club Tottenham Hotspur in the early 20th century. Some years later, Jamaican-born Lloyd 'Lindy' Delapenha made an impact playing for Middleborough between 1950–57, becoming a leading goal scorer and the first Black player to win a championship medal. However, it was not until the 1970s that African-Caribbean players began to make a major impact on the game. Clyde Best (West Ham 1969–1976), born in Bermuda, paved the way for players such as Cyrille Regis (born in French Guyana), and Luther Blissett (born in Jamaica). Blissett and Regis joined Viv Anderson to form the first wave of Black footballers to play for the England national team. Although the number of players of African-Caribbean origin in the English league was increasing far beyond proportions in wider society, when Black players represented the English national team, they still had to endure racism from a section of England supporters. When selected to play for England, Cyril Regis received a bullet through the mail with the threat, "You'll get one of these through your knees if you step on our Wembley turf." By the 1980s the British African-Caribbean community was well represented at all playing levels of the game. John Barnes, born in Jamaica, was one of the most talented players of his generation and one of the few footballers to win every honour in the domestic English game including the PFA Players' Player of the Year. Players of African-Caribbean origin continued to excel in English football, in the 1990s Paul Ince - whose parents were from Trinidad went on to captain Manchester United, Liverpool F.C. and the English national team. The contribution was reciprocated when a number of British born footballers including Robbie Earle, Frank Sinclair and Darryl Powell represented the Jamaica national football team

in the 1998 World Cup finals. Derby County's Michael Johnson, one of a number of British-born players to play for the Jamaica national football team

At the turn of the millennium, British-born Black footballers constituted about 13% of the English league. In the 2006 World Cup finals, Theo Walcott, a striker of English and Jamaican parents, became the youngest ever player to join an England world cup squad - a side which included African-Caribbean players in every Department. Racism in UK Sports Racism has long haunted popular sports such as football, but it can also occur on any pitch, course, track or arena. This can be especially true of sports such as golf or tennis in which racial minorities have a shorter professional history. However, there is never any excuse for racist actions or chants pertaining to a particular sport and to say that racism only comes about when racial minorities become involved in a sport places the blame on the players rather than on those who actually perpetrate racism. Confronting Racism in Sport There have been many news stories over the years regarding initiatives to eradicate racism in sport as well as official investigations into racist incidents involving players and fans. For example, the Show Racism the Red Card campaign (www.srtrc.org) is an anti-racist charity that tries to use professional footballers as role models to fight racism. However, not all efforts to confront racism in sport make the news. Every time one spectator reports the racist chanting of another, every time one player tells another that racist attitudes aren’t cool, and every time that players and spectators come together to congratulate the achievements of others regardless of their race, racism is confronted in sport. Confronting racism in sport is important so that each player and spectator can enjoy a fair and equal experience, however, no one should confront others about racism if they feel physically vulnerable or unsafe. 7


The Growth of Black Sporting Icons Ask people in what field of endeavor African Caribbean people are most likely to succeed and sport won't be far from the top of the list. Britain’s Black Community continues to make ever-increasing progress in the sporting world. Recently we have seen the England Football Team containing more black than white players. In the recent premier league match between Arsenal & Chelsea eight of the Chelsea team were black, as were four of the Arsenal team. Black athletes now dominate the sprint events in the England/British Athletics Team. Slowly the numbers of black players are increasing in the England Rugby Team and Rugby League for many years the professional version of Rugby has historically given opportunities to black players. Most famously the legendary Billy Boston (pictured) who averaged a try per game over his long & illustrious career. Arguably, Britain’s number one Formula One Driver Louis Hamilton traces his roots to the Caribbean. As do many of Britain’s most famous boxers martial artist and weightlifters. Early Days It is widely accepted that the first person from the Caribbean to settle in Coventry was Charles Hall, who arrived in Coventry with his wife and daughter in 1906. Charles (who was born in Barbados) had seven children four boys and three girls. Eldest son William (better known in the language of the day as “Darkie” Hall) was said to have a natural aptitude for sport particularly Rugby and played for England School Boys in 1921 aged 13. He left school in that year but returned when he could not find work, and played again in 1922. After leaving school, he went on to play for Coventry & Rugby, before turning professional playing for Dewsbury in what was then known as the Northern Union now known as Rugby League. Another brother Bob was also a talented Rugger player and played for Coventry. The three sisters also excelled at athletics. The achievement of a black player gaining international caps (albeit at Schoolboy level) in the 1920’s is worth remembering. At family gatherings in later years, the family would laugh at the time, that they attended their local sports day and won so many of the events that eventually the organisers refused to present

them with any more medals. At the same time that the Hall Family was playing Rugby a legend was born in nearby Leamington Spa. Randolph Adolphus Turpin was born on the 7th June 1928, the son of Lionel Fitzherbert Turpin and Beatrice Whitehouse. Lionel was the first black man in Leamington, after emigrating from British Guiana (now Guyana). Beatrice was white, a local girl whose father, Tommy Whitehouse, was a bare-knuckle fighter. Randy was the youngest of five children, with two older brothers, Dick and Jackie, and two older sisters Joan and Kathy. He was forced to overcome problems from an early age. Three months after his birth his father Lionel died; this was due to being gassed on the Somme in the First World War, an injury from which he never recovered. As a three year-old Randy contracted double pneumonia, a serious form of the infection in both lungs, from which he almost died. Boxing was in the family, and Randy's elder brother Dick turned professional when Randy was nine years old. Starting at twelve, Randy had 100 amateur contests, winning 95. In 1943, aged 15, he was the British junior 112lbs champion, and in 1944 the junior 133lb champion. He achieved a unique double in 1945, by winning both the junior 147lb championship, and the senior ABA Welterweight championship. This made Randy the youngest ever ABA champion and the first black boxer to win an ABA Championship. In September 1946, Randy joined the professional boxing ranks. He signed with George Middleton, a local shopkeeper, who was already managing brother Dick. Randy would use the nickname of "The Leamington Licker" as a professional, a name given to him during his school days for his ability to lick people twice his size. His career as a professional started brightly on September 17, 1946. He defeated Gordon Griffiths in less than two minutes; the referee stopping the bout after Griffiths was down for a second time. After many successes, Randy was handed a World title fight. His opponent was the seemingly invincible Sugar Ray Robinson, in Earls Court, London. Robinson arrived in Britain in an open-topped Pink Cadillac, accompanied by 53 cases and an entourage of eight including a hairdresser, odd-job man, and a midget whose 8


Job was to be court jester. Randy would receive a purse of $28,000, whilst Robinson would receive treble Randy's purse with $84,000. Randy out-punched, out-muscled, and dominated Robinson on his way to becoming World Middleweight Champion. Randy instantly became a British hero, and in front of thousands was paraded around his hometown of Leamington in an open top car. Robinson used a clause in the contract that guaranteed a re-match. Randy fought just as he did in the first fight and was getting to Robinson. Going into the tenth round the fight was even on the referee's scorecard, with four rounds each and one even. Midway through the tenth round, a right-hand from Randy split Robinson's left eye so badly the fight could have been stopped. Fearing the stoppage Robinson threw everything he had at Randy, who chose the unwise move of fighting back rather than defending. Robinson landed a series of good body punches, followed by left and right hooks. A huge right cross put Randy down for a count of seven, before Robinson landed a barrage of punches with Randy pinned to the ropes, with only seven seconds of the round to go the fight was stopped by referee Ruby Goldstein. Randy's reign as Middleweight boxing king had ended after just 64 days. Randy was unhappy with the stoppage stating: “He should not have stopped it. With only seven seconds to go I was perfectly keen.” Randy Turpin

declaring. “If I had been in my natural mental state, I could have stopped him about the eighth round” Following his retirement it became clear that Randy's finances had been less than well managed. Numerous failed business ventures including a hotel and holiday camp saw him fall heavily in debt. For money, Randy fought as a wrestler at £25 a bout. He also had a job working in a scrapyard, which was owned by former manager George Middleton. In 1962, the Inland Revenue claimed £17,126 on his boxing earnings; Randy could not pay and thus declared bankrupt. He made a brief return to the ring to score knockout victory over Eddie Marcano and Charles Seguna, before troubles with his eyesight put an end to his career for good. With many troubles in his life Randy committed suicide on May 17 1966, aged just 37. Following his death Randy has received an induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2001, exactly 50 years after his victory over Sugar Ray Robinson, a statue of Randy was erected in Warwick town square.

In 1953, after the retirement of Sugar Ray Robinson, it was decided that the winner of a bout between Randy and Frenchman Charles Humez for the European Middleweight title, would face the winner of an American Elimination series. Despite having troubles in making the weight, Randy out pointed Humez before a sell-out 54,000 crowd at White City, London. The winner of the American elimination series was the Hawaiian Carl 'Bobo' Olson, and he and Randy would meet in October 1953. The fight with Olson had begun well with Randy taking the opening three rounds, before Randolph Turpin lands his famous left suffering a cut under his eye in the fourth. Randy bullied throughout the fight and was down in the 9th and 10th rounds. Randy appeared unmotivated during the fight and lost in a convincing point’s decision. Randy claimed after the fight that troubles in his life, and not Olson defeated him on the night 9


ERROL CHRISTIE former professional British boxer and currently a boxing trainer. He was the captain of the English boxing team from 1980 to 1983 and European champion in 1983. Errol was born in Leicester and raised in Radford, Coventry. At the age of eight, Errol started boxing at the Standard Triumph gym managed by Tom McGarry. Out of eighty fights in his early career, Errol lost only two and gained a reputation for early knockouts. He was Warwickshire champion in 1976, schoolboy champion in 1977, NABC champion in 1979 and senior ABA (Amateur Boxing Association of England) champion in 1981.

Cajinas, Vince Gajny, Robert Thomas, Fred Reed, Doug James, Joel Bonnetaz, Dexter Bowman, Stacy McSwain and Stan White. But in September, 1984 - Jose Seys delivered a surprise knockout which shook Errol’s confidence. Seven more wins followed however before a disastrous bout with Mark Kaylor in November, 1985. Errol featured regularly on ITV Fight Night in the eighties. He earned the right to wear the Kronk Gym golden shorts after impressing its promoter Emanuel Steward. Errol has since become a trainer to City executives engaged in the current craze for White Collar Boxing. One of his regular students is TV presenter Dermot O'Leary.

In March 2010, Errol published his biography No Place To Hide, about racism Errol & Clyde both in the boxing game and seventies/ McIntosh both eighties Britain, in collaboration former ABA Boxing with former BBC TV producer, Champions Tony McMahon. The book has been longlisted for the William Hill In 1982, he became European champion after sports writer prize. defeating Ossubek Kilimov in the semi-finals for 2010. and Moe Gruciano in the finals at Schwerin in what was then East Germany. Errol was listed in the Guinness World Records, then known as The Guinness Book of Records, for notching up the most amateur title wins. A series of seemingly effortless wins followed Errols decision to go professional in 1981 with new manager Burt McCarthy. He triumphed against Terry Matthews, Jimmy Ellis, Harlen Holden, Sam Leonard, Lino

Black History snippet The Annual Register Marriage Record Record of a Michael Thomas (Black) and Ann Brandley (White) being married in Southwark on November 5th, 1770. “This Morning Michael Thomas, a black, and Ann Brandley, a white, were married at St. Olave’s, Southwark; but while the ceremony was performing a press-gang interrupted the minister in the celebration of his office. Upon which a contest arose, and the clergyman received a blow upon the breast, but a constable being called immediately, the Lieutenant was secured and carried before a magistrate, but after proper submission, was, by the generosity of the minister, released without farther prosecution. The poor black, with his bride, made his escape in the fray”. 10


Clyde McIntosh Born in St Thomas Jamaica Clyde came to England when he six. “I remember the day we left Jamaica, I remember being excited I was young and with my family 2 brothers and my Mum, Dad was already here. We arrived in September and it was not long after we had snow and I certainly remember that. I Clyde (centre) and his remember walking from brothers the day home to school & walking they left Jamaica back in a big heavy coat, but my fingers were burning with the cold” Clyde went to Fredrick Bird & Sidney Stringer School – “memories of school, I really enjoyed school found English young people funny always joking something I was not used to, and it is probably why I did not do so well early on in school, I found it hard to concentrate my new environment”. From school Clyde went straight to work as an apprentice precision engineer. Why engineering? “At those times it was either metal work or woodwork, and there was a lot of jobs in those fields so I chose metal work. I Worked for a small engineering company and did my apprenticeship at Henley College. I hated engineering but did it for 8 years, it was a job and I was getting regular money”. “At the same time as working I was boxing. I started boxing at school at the age of 14 after a friend asked if I fancied coming boxing. I had always liked boxing but never thought of taking it up. There were lots of boxing clubs around at the time, nearly all the car factories & working men's clubs had a boxing club associated with them but I decided to join the Bell Green boxing club. I remember the first boxing training session it was extremely hard, and I remember thinking what am I doing here, but I kept it going as I seemed to have some potential and within a year I started fighting. What did your parents think about you boxing? “My parents always supported me with boxing but always said to be careful. Training was hard and rigours' but I was always totally focussed, never missed boxing sessions and was up on a Sunday morning running, while my mates were coming back from parities at 5 in the morning. They would wind down their car windows and say “Macky you good”.

Where was your first proper fight and against who? My first fight was in East London which I won, and then went onto win most of my first ten fights. By the age of 16 I started entering junior championships and I would always do well getting to semi finals and quarter finals without ever getting to the final. For a long time in my career I suffered with really bad hand injuries this stopped me progressing to titles. In 1981 I entered my first senior ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) championship it was at a period where people like Errol Christie, Errol Bomber Graham were doing their trade and we were all boxing at the same arenas, that year I was in excellent form and bashed up everybody and got to the Semi finals but unfortunately lost. I was shell shocked because everyone thought I was going to win it that year. Fortunately for me that year my achievements were noticed by the England ABA , and they called me up to the England training squad at Crystal Palace. It was something that I always set my sights on and I was really proud to reach that goal. Once again it was just through my hard work and single-mindness and dedication that I achieved this. Training squads at Crystal Palace was something else, we would go down for the weekend and it was all training no messing

around. At times we were training 10 times a day. A day would include running, weight training, fitness training, techniques, bag work/pad work, and sparring, there were other sessions thrown in for relaxation like swimming. The full England squad would entail about 20 boxers, and there would be the young England boxers which included Errol Christie. In 1981 I made my first England international appearance in Sweden winning on a points decision. 11

In I982 I re-entered the ABA championships


I had a fantastic career I was able to go around revitalised and ready to go all the way, once again I had an excellent string of wins including the “a classic BBC Televised victory over David Griffiths” (Boxing News) which will always stick in my memory. I went onto to meet the big punching Londoner Tony Adams in the finals at Wembley the papers were full of it leading up to the finals and they thought Adams would bash up the Coventry boy, unfortunately for Tony Adams he had met his match, meeting me at my peak. The fight was very close but according to all those that saw it, it was a forgone conclusion that I had won the fight, but somehow the London boy won it on a split decision. It’s just one of those things I did not let it hinder me in anyway I just knuckled down and got myself prepared for my next venture. The same year was the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane Australia and the winner of the ABA Championships usually would take up the place in that weight category, i.e. Light welterweight, the England set up decided against sending Tony Adams and sent me instead, I was absolutely over the moon, at 22 getting the opportunity to participate in such a high profile event. The Commonwealth Games was over a four week period all the hard work was done in England at the training squads and it was just a case of keeping your weight, sharpness and techniques needed to fight the different styles of fighters from different countries. Once again I did very well reaching the Semi Finals and losing out to a Kenyan, but achieving a Commonwealth Games Bronze medal. I was selected as a representative at my weight to go to the Los Angels Olympics but my bad luck continued with me getting injured and having to pull out.

the world to box and at the same time to experience other cultures and open up my horizons and I would encourage all young people to follow my example in any of your chosen fields. The following I had from Coventry people was phenomenal not only did I have the support of people from my club and lots of the general public, but Clive Tennant along with my Mum & Dad and my brothers and sister were at the head of organising coaches laden with people following me around the country and I will always be eternally grateful to those people for their support. When the McIntosh band wagon rolled into town everybody knew about it, the noise was deafening. At the time I was the best supported amateur, some of the other boxers would ask me to get my people to shout for them, i.e. WBA Light Middleweight Champion Chris Pyatt and former WBA contender Jim McDonald. What have you been stopped competing?

doing

since

you

“Just before I went onto the Commonwealth Games I stopped working as an engineer, I just hated it and wanted to put more time into my training. It was a bit of a blessing in disguise really because I then landed a job in the Sport & Recreation Field. I studied and progressed myself to the position of Sports Development Officer for Coventry City Council and was with the Council for 23 years until I left 3 years ago. I am currently Director of Fresh Enterprise Association Ltd, who organise the Coventry Caribbean Festival and have been there from the beginning. I am still heavily involved in coaching boxing to young people and adults, and have taken the opportunity to gain the necessary qualifications needed to progress in my field successfully”. 12


Who has been your greatest influence? “My parents, they wanted me to get involved in something that kept me fit and healthy, kept me out of trouble and off the streets and they were behind me fully all the way. Achieving something positive in life was the benefit”.

and it’s hard work putting on such a big event, what keeps you going? “It is the fact that if we don’t do it no one else will, the proof of the pudding is that we are not getting enough people who want to make that commitment to help or even take over.

It is the fact that we can pull together What have been your main challenges/ thousands of people from the black community and other diverse communities to obstacles? rekindle old friendships and hopefully forge “Growing up in Hillfields there were lots of new links with others. obstacles/temptations along the way, girls, parties, drugs and lots of other things, but I What would you say to encourage others to was just so focussed on what I wanted to do become involved in doing something in the community? that I kept away from these things” What kept you going?

“It is essential that if you are an experience person in your field, be it boxing, netball, “My desire to succeed and reach the top”. music or anything else, you must put some of your skills back into the community, because Tell me more about your involvement with you can be sure that someone from the the Festival ? community has helped you out in someway to achieve what you have. I have a particular group of friends we would all meet throughout the year for drinks and a Young people use some of your time chat and in one conversation in 1990 we positively by getting involved in volunteering thought everything is happening everywhere as it will keep you out of trouble, and you will else, e.g. Carnivals, but not in Coventry, and learn skills that will hopefully help you in that was the start of the Festival. It was gaining employment in the future”. initially started by myself, Geoffrey Williams, In ten years time? “Hopefully putting my feet Jane Ball, Leary Williams and Mick Wint. up on the veranda of a nice home in the sunThe festival just celebrated it’s 20th year shine isles of Jamaica.

The Race Written by Barbara King

A time to remember The great African Caribbean race, We've come a long way And there's no looking back, We're in a race of people To the winning line, We won the race of ancient African civilisations With great cities in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Malawi, Sculptures, art, farming and trading Our ancestors did all that.

We won the race to end slavery, Get all human rights and even be President! Queen Hatsheput, Hannibal, Severus Septimus, Nat Turner, William Gordon, Harold Moody, Claudia Jones, Nanny of the Maroons, Harriet tubman, Mary Seacole, Mohammed Ali, Hussain Bolt, John Conteh, William Sisters, Diane Abbot, Paul Bogle, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Jaycee, Condelisa Rice, Will Smith Are in the race to win and so are we The Human Race.

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Ronnie Williams “I was one of four children raised by my parents, Mother Carmel and Father Peter Williams. I am the second oldest child, having an older brother called Ian and 2 younger sisters Pat and Carmel Williams. We were one of a few Jamaican families, brought up in the Radford area of Coventry.

games at Molineux stadium on a quality pitch & was still scoring goals for fun. While training with Wolverhampton F.C I had the opportunity to train at the old England training camp at Lillishalle. I continued to play at a high level and went for trials at Luton F.C. who were also in the first division.

As a Black individual it was very hard times and I went to Whitmore Park Primary and President difficult to break through in the professional Kennedy Secondary schools”. circuit. I then started to play for a local team called Jah Baddis F.C. an all black football team. What is your greatest achievement to date? This was the most skilful side I had ever played for and we ended up winning the league. To add “My success started in primary school competing to our success we were chosen to represent in athletics (1972 -1976) every summer we would Coventry at a tournament in Belgium, we have the best youngsters in Coventry & they returned as runners up. featured in an all Coventry final. I won the final and did so every year at school I was the only My greatest achievement was starting my own child at the time, (male or female) to have won a family and bringing them up in a positive way. Gold medal in four consecutive years. I was also This has forced me to grow up fast, driving me to a very talented all round sportsman . Other find a job to support my family. I had to manage sports I trained in several times a week from my time between my children and activities to primary school were Judo & football. It was then I keep fit. made my first television appearance on ITV, in a national Judo competition held at President I decided to take a break from football to do Kennedy Secondary School where I went from a other sports like kick Boxing and Weight Trainwhite belt (beginner belt) to a brown belt just ing. From doing weight training I started to missing the black belt. develop a good physique. I entered a few Natural Body Building competitions and ended up Through my hard work and dedication I started finishing in the top three places. to become a popular individual around my area and at school and started to get noticed for my When I returned to football, I played for Twenty sporting ability by my teachers. In the last year at F.C. who were very successful in the league. I primary school I played football in the top ended up helping to run the side. I then tried to division in Sunday league playing for Christ The pass on my knowledge and helped manage a King F.C. Using my pace, I ended up being the children's football team called Pinley F.C. top goal scorer. As a team we ended up winning between 1999 to 2005. A friend Les Hill & I the league and cup. I continued to play football started our own football team called Sporting for several years between 1976 to mid 1980s for Athletic F.C. We were very successful as a team the same club & was very successful as a player and one year, we won the league without being noticed for my ability by other coaches & football beaten all. Quite a few players from that team scouts. That season I was once again top goal were spotted and went on to have trials with scorer. Derby, Leicester & Walsall football clubs. This success continued and I was chosen to play football for the West Midlands County, where we used to travel all over England playing in football stadiums with floodlights and at the highest level. This for me was a big thing and it was something I really enjoyed. I then started to play Saturday football for Massey Ferguson F.C and on Sunday for Parkstone F.C, training at least four times a week and playing at the weekend. It was then that I was spotted by and had trials with Wolverhampton Wanders F.C. who at the time where in the first division I ended up playing

My daughter Acacia Williams was a talented Sprinter and was training at Coventry Godiva Harriers. She won many competition in 100m 200m also long jump, all over the country. This got me into Sprint coaching and since then, I have been coaching at that Coventry Godiva Harriers athletic club for over 8 years, having several athletes who have been successful in the 100m 200m, Long jump in the UK at county level and also representing England in the International Children games in England 2005, Greece 14 2008 and Bahrain 2009.


In 1997 I made my second appearance on TV on the show called Gladiators. This was one of the most popular TV shows on at the time. This experience made me a local celebrity. I was tipped to win the show as I made it through to the quarter finals, but injury prevented me from going any further. My shows are still constantly shown on Virgin 1 TV.

make my performance better. Other groups of people that inspire me are: Martin Luther King with “I have a dream` speech giving our people a lot of hope. Nelson Mandela, having the courage through difficult times to stand up for what he believed in, going through the struggles and returning back to be the President of his country and a major world figure.

3rd -15th September 2007 in Italy I represented Great Britain in the World Master Athletics where I competed in 100m, 200m, 100m, 4x400m. This was mainly to encourage the children who I coached.

Muhammad Ali “The Greatest” gave me inspiration, taught me to be confident, be a leader, outspoken, and to have courage even against all odds, also to have fun while I am competing.

In March 2009 I was featured in the popular children's programme CBBC Lazy Town Extra (Ready Set Go) teaching the children how to sprint.

Pele with his skills and style showing me how to express myself with whatever sports I was doing. In other words let my performance do the talking.

My second appearance on Gladiators 2009, was sparked off by son Nico Williams, who I tried to encourage to do the trials for the new Gladiators series because of his fitness and strength. He said I was too old to do the trials and this became a challenge between us both to see who could pass it. We both passed the trials but I made it to the show. This was the only time I felt disappointed because I was hoping my son made the programme to show his ability, but he was very happy and encouraged. Gladiators made history being the first TV programme to be shown in HD, plus I made history being the only contender ever to do the original Gladiators and 11 years on the new Gladiators and for being the oldest contender ever to have competed. These shows are continually repeated on Sky Sports TV. From this success I have been on radio and featured in Healthy for Men Magazine”.

Carl Lewis for his achievement in track and field, this teaching me to be an all round athlete.

Who influenced /inspired you to achieve what you have?

Bruce Lee with his style, speed, agility, flexibility, plus confidence and showing me the bigger they are the harder they fall. Be confident about your ability. Mick Maynard my long time friend coach and weight training partner always pushed me to my limits forcing me to do incredible things in the gym, for example pushing me to do 850 dips without dropping off and training me to push weights over 3 times my body weight. He also trained me for the trials for Gladiators leading to my first appearance in 1997 and also trained me for my second experience on the new Gladiators in 2009. All my training partners at Foleshill Leisure Centre's Gym, which I have trained with for over 25years and for the past 2 years at Future Fitness, who have pushed me to my limits every training session and have influenced me to produce my best.

“My family and friends inspired me. My father Peter Williams, I am his no1 fan. He would always advise what he thought was right. One of his best advice sticks in my mind always, was never be afraid Negative people, make me more of hard work, be determined and always determine to succeed. So a big thanks do your best. Both my Father and my Mother to them”. gave me a lot of knowledge and instilled a lot of mental strength within me. My father was one of How easy/difficult have you found it to reach the only black parents that use to turn up and your goal? Have you reached your goal? watch all my football games on Sundays, through all kinds of weather and would advise It has not been an easy road. The main difficulme of where he thought I needed to improve, to ties that I have faced in my younger years15 were


racism. To overcome this I would direct their negative into my positive, it just made me into a stronger person. Growing up this taught me, that it was not about colour it was down to the individual.

What keeps you going? “My children, family and friends plus the children that I coach, keep me going. My oldest son Nico is always pushing me in the gym. My youngest boy Kai gives me inspiration in his direct approach to everything. He As an athlete, injuries have been my major plays football for Coventry Academy and is problem, but I always work through it. Nearly successful in athletics, making it to the Interall my achievements I had to work hard at. For national Children Games 2010 in Bahrain and example to get on Gladiators 1997, I past the last year being the number 1 in the UK for the trials 5 years in a row previously, but did not long jump for the under 13s and never lost in get on the show. Three months prior to actu- that event all season. My daughter Acacia’s ally getting on the show I was on crutches, determination to succeed. This has helped her after I broke my femur that snapped of in my to have a lot of success in her Athletics, also knee. With the extent of my injury I was on being selected and competing in the crutches, none weight bearing for over 9 International Children Games”. months. But because I was so determine, I succeeded in passing the trails to eventually What advice would you give to others? get on “To get any results, always work hard in As an athlete there are always other goals that training, to compete easy in your event. you want to reach, one of my main goals is to Believe in your ability. Never ever be afraid of pass on my knowledge and experience to new challenges, if you don’t try you won`t young athletes and hopefully they will have a know. Train around positive people, they will head start for them to achieve their goals in help you succeed”. whatever walks of life”. What are your hopes and aspirations for the community? What have you been your challenges and obstacles? How have you overcome them? “I hope that the youngster of our community “For Gladiators 2009 I had to learn to swim to direct their energy into positive things and compete. To overcome this I was sponsored keep on moving forward to achieve the by Foleshill Leisure Centre so I could use the highest of the high. I would also hope that swimming facilities for free. I used the pool they pass on their knowledge back into the twice a day, setting new targets everyday to community; so many other people can go reach. I eventually went from non swimmer to down that same road to success. Being a good swimmer in 6 weeks. My daughter positive is the key”. Acacia and son Kai helped me through the Where will we see you in 10 years time? swimming as they are great swimmers, I see myself still being active in sports and setting me task and encouraging me to be brave and jump into the deep end and helped coaching high class competitors. I also see myself being involved in new me eventually swim the length of the pool”. ventures, more involved in media maybe? usually meant that they'd have to play. In my search for information about Jah Baddis on the internet I came across the The Jah Baddis support consisted of about a following written by someone called Martin dozen dreadlocked, tea-cosied "bad" dudes Covington, who used to play for Coventry Economic Building Society Team also known as wearing sun-glasses in the middle of winter, balancing the statutory ghetto blaster on the “The Gnomes” shoulder. Above the din of Bob Marley and his “The second classic came in a game against a Wailers they would encourage their boys with, "Jah man, everybody do it like Donald does". A West Indian side called Jah Baddis. Being somewhat portly at the time, I was an unusual suggestion that the rest of the team should choice for left winger, not least because I am play as well as their centre back Donald. Sadly Donald was to give us a first half lead with a right footed. However, this was the Gnomes 35 yard backpass, drilled past his own keeper, and any position would do. Jah Baddis were very keen and extremely well supported. Few much to the annoyance of the now ganja- 16 people came to watch the Gnomes, because it smoking supporters............”


POLE POLE to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Article by Dexter duBoulay

it as a ‘white topped’ mountain, many people refused to believe his account, as everyone in ‘Pole pole’ means slowly, slowly in Swahili, and Europe knew that snow and ice could not exist this was exactly what was needed to get me to just a 100 miles south of the Equator! Only after the top of the tallest mountain in Africa and the it was climbed by Hans Meyer in 1898, and tallest free-standing mountain in the world. In August I managed to achieve a goal I had set my- further climbers followed did people in the west acknowledge this really was an ice capped self five years earlier, to climb to the top of Kilimanjaro and experience seeing the glaciers up mountain. Today the popular explanation of the name is thought to be a combination of the close before they disappeared. On Friday 20th Swahili word Kilima (meaning "mountain") and August, at 6.53am after witnessing one of the the Kichagga word Njaro, loosely translated as most wonderful of sunrises I stepped out of the "whiteness", giving the name White Mountain. shadow of the creator and on to the summit of this most breath-taking mountain, along with my friend Chet, the five others in our group and the All I can say is the four days trekking to the top was a wonderful experience I loved at the time. I four guides who had got us to the top that was in a group of seven people (4 from the UK morning. and 3 Americans), the youngest being 21 and the oldest 71! I am somewhere in between those two. We started at Rongai gate on the north side of the mountain and trekked through rainforest and farm land through to our first camp. On the way we saw a troop of Baboons and three Colobus Monkeys. Our guide, Humphrey, taught us the most important Swahili words we were to learn over the next five days: Pole pole. The key to getting to the top was to take things very slowly in order to get properly acclimatised. I found out that the fittest people did not always make it to the top, nor those who went the most direct route. It was all about going at a pace that left you with enough energy to get to the top, and to give your body the best chance to get used to the changing conditions on the mountain. The second day took us through the cloud line and the scenery changed from rainforest to grassland; the third day saw us walk out of the The origin of the name Kilimanjaro, how the grassland to bare rock and camp at Mawenzi mountain received the name is lost in the past. tarn. This was a very small lake at the foot of the The explanation I liked best was the name has Mawenzi peak, a series of jagged rocks that were come from an amalgamation of different words the second highest point on the mountain. The used to describe the mountain by the Chagga views from Mawenzi tarn, looking east in to people who live on and around the mountain, and Swahili the most commonly spoken language Kenya and over the Tsavo plains to the Chyulu for the region. Kili derived from the Chagga term hills (over 100 kilometers away) was spectacular, especially at sunset with the crimson and blue kilelema, meaning ‘difficult or impossible’, and lights softened by the cloud line with the top of njaro, Chagga/ Swahili for caravan. So Kilimanjaro means: impossible for the caravans to cross. the hills poking through in the distance. We The traders would go right around the mountain could also see the main peak with little dots of white on the top. By now we were getting used to rather than try and go over it. This gives a good indication of the sheer size of the mountain and the very warm days and very cold nights, with the temperatures changing dramatically in just over how people in this part of East Africa were very an hour at sunrise and sunset. active traders and farmers, long before the Europeans arrived: trading not only with neighbours in Africa but across the Indian Ocean. Most days we were awake by 6.30 had breakfast by 7.00 and where on our way around 7.30. Usually we walked till around 4.00 in the afterThe first recorded European contact with the noon, stopping for lunch around 11.30. The mountain was in 1849 when John Rebmann, published account of the mountain. In describing distances covered were not great due to the 17 height we were gaining. The trek was made Me on Uhuru Peak


easier by the support team we had with us. There were 26 people supporting the 7 of us. This included 2 guides, one cook, 2 trainee guides and 21 porters. The porters not only carried much of our gear but also the tents, food and on most days water, as well as their own gear. In a strange way it felt like a throwback to the colonial system that had dominated to independence. On one level we were thankful for it as support, on another it left some of us feeling a bit uneasy however, it made you realise this is not something that can be done on your own. The biggest and best surprise was the quality of the food cooked on one large gas burner. The butternut soup, home made fish fingers and chips followed with fresh pineapple was really good. The hardest and most exhilarating 24 hours was the walk across the saddle from Mawenzi through the lunar landscape of brown and black volcanic rock and ash to the base of the creator and Kibo camp. We started at 6.30am and got to Kibo at 2.00pm. We slept and prepared our kit for the summit trek, which started at 11.30 that evening. Very little sleep was had due to the excitement and nervous tension. The walk to the top was one kilometer straight up the side of the crater. We were already at 4,600m. We had started at 1,997m. Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, is 1,344m. At 5.45am we had walked the kilometer to Gilman’s point. I never imagined that walking one kilometer could be so demanding and take so long! After a short break we headed on to Uhuru peak, only another 300 meters. On the way the sun rose and the glaciers of Kilimanjaro suddenly appeared around us.

peak looking west. An hour later I was on the highest point of Africa, looking over the glaciers, over a 30meters high and not so little now, and mount Mehru to the west and to the east the plains of Kenya and the coast. Though we spent four days getting there we had to start down after 15 minutes because of the altitude. The air was still cold and very thin, so each step felt like dragging a large weight. By 10.30am I was back at Kibo, suffering from altitude sickness and dehydration. 2 hours of sleep and some food and drink and I was fine to continue walking down the mountain. By 4pm the next day I had arrived at the Marangu gate and the 64 kilometre trek was over.

Chet and I on the way to the peak I was lucky to have made the trip and share the experience with a very good friend of mine, Chet. What I learned from this is sunsets and sunrises are amazing with each one different in this part of the world; you can achieve your goals with planning, focus and a lot of effort; friendship and the support of others can make the journey all the more enjoyable. It is good to get outside. Asante Sana.

Humphrey, our guide and sunrise on Uhuru 18


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Steadman Francis Born in Coventry attended Woodway Park and Sidney Stringer School & Community College. After leaving school Steadman went on to do an Engineering City & Guilds at Henley College and from there he went to The Butts to do an HNC in factory maintenance. “Although I had a lot of engineering theory, I did not have any practical experience as I had not done an apprenticeship, therefore I found it hard to get job so I decided to change direction and did a Leisure Supervisory Management course at again at Henley College. On completing the course I got a job at Coventry Sports Centre where I am still currently a fitness consultant. Whilst at the Sports Centre I have built on my skills by doing a number of different training courses, for instance IFI (Inclusion Fitness Initiative) which allows me to work with disabled people in the Gym.

wanted to do. Doing the degree was challenging because I was working full time at the Sports Centre, as the course went on I reduced my working hours because I had clinical placements. In the third year I moved away for clinical placement to Stoke-on-Trent. What have been some of the challenges you have faced? “Wanting to advance and nowhere to advance to, the way round for me was to go away study and increase my knowledge.

When I wanted to do sign language course I did not get support from line manager so did it on After being at the Centre for a number of years I my own back, because I wanted to be able to felt I wanted to do something else and progress, communicate better with people with hearing so I went back to further education and did a Occupational Therapy Degree course at Coventry difficulties. Anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it”. University, I started the course in 2004 and graduated in 2007. What keeps you going? Since graduating I have not got a job as Therapist but I am working for Coventry City Council “Doing something I enjoy motivates me and the Health Development Services as a Community team I am working with currently. We work quite Lifestyle Coach. The programme I work on is well as a team and we have a lot on in terms of called One Body One Body we deliver healthy life- the client groups we are working with. I like to style programmes within communities across the feel that I am making a difference, it might be city. The programme is driven by CHIP (Coventry long term but seeds are sown and we are encourHealth Improvement Programme). aging people to change their lifestyle”. Within the programme I work with; families, in school settings, adults with moderate to mild learning difficulties and adults subject to substance misuse.

Advice for others? “Education is there for all, ensure you get as much as you can develop as much as you feel you can. If need advice speak to peers, people who have gone through the processes. Have a plan decide want you want to do, but be flexible things may not always go they How do you find working with so many way you want but you have to find ways of carrydifferent people in so many different places? ing on a developing. Sometimes easy to say it’s not going to happen for me and give up no such “I enjoy it, its varied and each group you work with has a different set of challenges. The good word as can’t but won’t. Think whatever thing about what we offer is that it is flexible and situation you are in someone will have been there before so there will be someone who can we can adapt our delivery to meet the needs of offer support. different groups. It brings all my previous knowledge and skills together to promote healthy lifestyle change”. Would you encourage other people to go into health? What has been your greatest achievement? “It is at the forefront of policies at the moment “My Occupational Therapy Degree, I always and there are so many different aspects to health wanted to do higher education but was not sure and well being. It is one of those things that exactly what I wanted to do, the Occupational gives you more insight. You start with yourself Therapy course was an extension of what I as you need to understand yourself at the 20 same


time as working. There are so many options open within the health field, Nursing, Dietician, nutritionist, Doctors, Physiotherapy , etc. Have you reached your goal in life? “My degree was a start but we are continually learning and reinventing ourselves in terms of work and professional status. My aim is to work as an occupational therapist as a short term goal and move on from there. Whilst working at the Sports centre and starting degree course I qualified at level one BSL sign language and I am currently working on level 2 this allows me to communicate with more people”. Tell us more about One Body One Life? “It is a free 10 week programme focussing on healthy eating and physical activity. It is delivered within the community at a variety of different venues such as schools, community centres (including the West Indian Centre delivering an adult programme), church halls, Salvation Army, sports centres, residential care homes, etc and to a number of different client groups such as adults, older adults, families, early years children 2-4 and their families. There are various programmes to suit all different categories of people. Healthy eating is not just five a day, understanding labels, the power of advertising, etc is also important. Our physical activity starts at a low intensity and people can increase as they feel they need to so”. What is the take up by African Caribbean people for these sessions? “Take up by African Caribbean and new

Truth and Reality Written by Errol E Devonish

communities is very low, we are not sure why this is but it is something we are working on. It is not a weight management programme it is an healthy lifestyle programme so we want to encourage everyone to take part. How do people get to know about your programmes? “We Promote via schools, there are four community lifestyle coaches who cover north east, north west (which is my area) and the South of the City, within those areas we aim to cover the primary and secondary schools, Libraries and GP surgeries. We also attend community events, we link with other health professionals, dieticians, school nurses, OTs and GPs. GPs may feel medication is not necessarily the best course for their patient so they refer them on to one our programmes. You can also self refer our website (www.coventry.gov.uk/beactivebehealthy) where you can see the current timetable of all activities that are running e.g. one body one life, extend, healthy walks, etc, or by phoning 024 7683 3148. What drew you to this type of work? I have always been a keen sports person, I used to play basketball for Sidney Stinger also played squash for Stringer at team level. I still teach fitness classes, boxercise and swiss ball exercise classes and I am developing into a keen cyclist. I have always gone back to sports and exercise, I get something from it and makes me feel better, that’s why I promote to others because I know what it has done for me. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? “Definitely still involved in health promotion/health delivery, improved my skills as an Occupational Therapist in which field not sure”.

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The suppression of the truth and the reality from inquiring minds is the folly which festers a distrust and disharmony

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FIT AS A FIDDLE.... 1st Anniversary The Fit as a Fiddle group which meet at the West Indian Centre every Tuesday, celebrated their first year anniversary on 5 October with an Open Day. Attendees were given a demonstration of the groups exercise techniques. Lorna Gayle who was instrumental in setting up the classes said “everyone really looks forward to coming on a Tuesday. Many of the women that come had never done this sort of thing before.

We are now thinking about doing other sessions like Tai Chi. We would like to have more open days like today. We are pleased with the turnout , we have had people giving information on health, people having massages, information on keeping warm and all sorts�. The group is grateful to Age Concern and Heart of England Foundation for their funding and support.

CARIBA Women's group who have met at the West Indian Centre on a Wednesday evening for the past 24 years! (Who do you recognise?) Black History snippet

Dr George Franklin Grant was born in 1846 in Oswego, N.Y. Unlike many modern-day heroes, his contribution to the golf was through ingenuity and resourcefulness rather than playing ability. Grant received a patent for the golf tee in 1899. His was the blueprint for today's wooden and plastic tees. He owned the first patent, but it took almost a century to receive recognition for his invention. By all accounts, Dr. Grant was not the most skilled golfer, but he enjoyed the recreational aspects of the game. He entered the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1868, and graduated in 1870. A leading authority on the cleft palate, Dr. Grant developed a thriving dental practice. And like many dentists today, he spent much of his down time playing golf. 22


BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS Saturday 23 October Celebrate Black History Month with storyteller Clive Dennis Cole Centre Library, 11.00am to 12noon For more information call 024 7683 2314 Foleshill Library, 2.00pm to 3.00pm For more information call 024 7678 6977 Hillfields Library event

Foleshill Library events

Coming to Coventry An exhibition which records the experiences of South Asian migrants who came to Coventry in the 1940s to the 1960s. This exhibition has something for everyone and is on loan from the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Moving Here An exhibition exploring the experiences of migrants in the West Midlands since the 1940s using their own photographs and words. The people featured were born in countries as diverse as the Caribbean Islands, India, Iraq, Poland and Somalia. The exhibition is on loan from the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

A display by children from a local primary school to celebrate Family Learning Festival and Black History

A display by children from a local primary school to celebrate Family Learning Festival and Black History

ACCOL Event

FolesHillfields Vision Project Event

Thursday 28 October Wednesday 27 October

Bringing African and African Caribbean communities together—conversations

Family Day For more information see back page Time: 3pm to 9pm Venue: West Indian Community Centre Contact: Bill or Angela on 024 7622 3020 or Isiah on 07831297048 or email: afca.org@btinternet.com

An opportunity for social interaction and networking between Caribbean's and Africans (and their friends) in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Light refreshments provided. Time: 5.00pm—7.00pm Venue: West Indian Community Centre Spon Street Contact: Angela Knight on 024 7652 5885 or e-mail angela@foleshillfields.org

Friday 29 October

West Indian Centre Event

African drumming workshops for all the family with Bertram Ohene Yeboah

Sunday 31 October

Central Library, 4.00pm—5.00pm For more information call 024 7683 2314

Black History quiz, Music, Caribbean food samples, screening of historical sporting clips

Stoke Library, 5.45pm—6.45pm For more information call 024 7678 6990

Time: 5pm to midnight Venue: West Indian Centre

BELGRADE THEATRE From Thurs 4 to Sat 13 November we have a brand new play called all the moves premiering in B2. Written by Theatre Absolute’s Artistic Director and award-winning playwright Chris O’Connell, this new play has been commissioned to mark the establishment of the Belgrade ’s Young Company, which is the latest offshoot of the Belgrade ’s Community & Education Company and comprises eight of the theatre’s most promising young performers. Amongst these is Daniel Christie, Errol Christie’s nephew. Daniel has been an integral part of the Belgrade ’s youth theatre group’s for some time. In 2009 he wrote for the Black Youth Theatre and this year he wrote and starred in a play called Look Wid Yu Eye, which was a part of the Belgrade ’s In Our Own Words festival, which included six separate plays focusing on immigration. 23


Wednesday 27 October 2010 At the West Indian Centre 159 Spon Street, Coventry, CV1 3BB

3pm3pm-9pm Grandparents, parents, children come one...come all ! Enjoy a day of entertainment and rekindle the community spirit

throughout the day for young & old

Soulful & Soulful Babies Ziggy Natulus Angel A Vennni Crew & King Daniel 24 Plus more to be confirmed


Autumn 2010