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first_imgHurdling standout Kaliese Spencer says she was excited, following news that she had signed a new kit sponsorship deal with Puma and is hoping to inspire young females through this new platform.”I have known Puma for many years throughout their partnership with the JAAA. I like them and their people; they are great support to have around, more like a family, really,” Spencer was quoted in a media release issued yesterday.”I am excited to be a part of PUMA as it increases its focus on women, and I hope that involving female athletes in the campaign will inspire young girls to hit the track. I look forward to doing great things with my new PUMA family,” Spencer added.There were no details in yesterday’s statement, but when pressed about the length of the agreement, Spencer’s executive manager, Marvin Anderson – the recently retired sprinter – said that the 28-year-old would retire a Puma athlete.Anderson noted that the deal underlines her marketability, while noting that it will allow her to focus on meeting her objectives this season.”This deal reaffirms how consistent she has been over the years, all the hard work that she has done over the past ten years,” said Anderson during an interview with The Gleaner.”She is in a really good frame of mind. She is at the right place. She is focused on doing well at the games. Everything she is doing now is geared towards going to the Olympics in Rio and doing well there,” he added.Spencer, who joined the Bert Cameron-led Cameron Blazers training group at the end of last season, now adds her name to the Puma roster, which also includes fellow Jamaican athletes Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Hansle Parchment.FEMALE AUDIENCESpencer’s addition comes at a point when the German brand has increased its focus on its female audience with the launch of its SS16 training campaign with 2015 US NCAA 100m Champion, Jenna Prandini and Australian sprint hurdler, Michelle Jenneke also among its ranks.Spencer, who will compete at this weekend’s Drake Relays before flying out to Qatar for the Doha Diamond League meet next week, finished fourth at the London Olympic Games in 2012, as well as at the Berlin (2009) and Daegu (2011) World Championships. With 22 wins on the Diamond League circuit, Spencer is the most successful track athlete ever in the series. She also has the second most top three finishes (32).Spencer won Diamond Race trophies for the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons.Pascal Rolling, head of sports marketing, Running at Puma noted, “Kaliese is another great addition to Puma as she embodies the brand’s distinctive attitude, especially through her determination to succeed.””She has been competing internationally for 10 years now and is at the top of her game. This, combined with her likable nature and personality, make her a perfect fit for Puma,” added Rolling.”Puma today announced it has signed an endorsement deal with Kaliese Spencer. The 28-year-old 400m hurdler will join Puma’s roster of athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” the release continued.Spencer won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships and was second in the 400m at the 2014 World Indoor Championships.last_img read more

first_img“Day in and day out, my folks perform miracles in the streets, making sure the Valley doesn’t burn down,” Rueda said. “These are the men and women of the Fire Department; not what you read in the papers.” LAFD Capt. Mark Gozawa of Station 104 in Winnetka received the Tom Taylor Award of Excellence. Sharing the Firefighter of the Year award were Capt. Gerald C. Horwedel of Station 96 in Chatsworth; Engineer Oscar Gutierrez from Station 90 in Van Nuys and Apparatus Operator David Carl Thomas of Station 75 in Mission Hills. James R. Goldsworthy of Station 114 in Van Nuys received the Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year award. With a large contingent of his officers at the luncheon, William Bratton, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said he’s looking ahead to his second term. “Thank you for the privilege and honor to represent you,” Bratton told the LAPD honorees. VAN NUYS – Nearly a dozen San Fernando Valley law enforcement officers and firefighters were honored at a banquet Thursday for their exceptional service to the city of Los Angeles. About 300 people gathered at the Airtel Plaza Hotel for the 28th annual Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics Recognition Luncheon. The honorees put their lives on the line every day, but were selected not so much for heroic deeds as for their persistent “way of giving back to the city of Los Angeles more than they’re asked to in their daily jobs,” said City Councilman Greig Smith, the host. Before handing out plaques,Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Mario Rueda said the performance and character of the firefighters who received them Thursday reflect the LAFD more than news reports and editorials in which the department has been criticized for hazing and on racial and sexist issues. The chief came under fire from the rank and file for his criticism of officers after the May Day immigration rally in which dozens of civilians, reporters and police officers were injured. But Bratton commended his force Thursday for lower crime rates before proudly shaking the hands of the award recipients. LAPD officers sharing the Police Officer of the Year award were Van Nuys Division Officer Dax Martin; West Valley Division Officer James Jester; Valley Traffic Division Officer Douglas P. Larkin and Devonshire Division Sgt. James R. Leiphardt. Devonshire Department Detective John Doerbecker was the recipient of the Dan Danko Award of Excellence. West Valley California Highway Patrol Officer James Oberlander received the Outstanding CHP Officer of the Year award. After the ceremony, Councilman Smith paid homage to “unsung heroes,” asking members of the law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ families to stand. “They stay home, fearing for their (loved ones’) lives and safety, never sure that they’re coming home,” Smith said. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more