ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board said on Wednesday it plans to pump more than half a million United States dollars into the women’s game, a move that will see an increase in player-retainer contracts and fees starting next month. In a media release, the regional governing body for the sport said it would move the number of player retainer contracts from 11 to 15, and would also augment sponsorship payments, match fees and captains’ allowances. The increases are set to cost the board US$600,000, an injection of cash which chief executive Michael Muirhead believes will stimulate the women’s game. “We are hoping this new package will serve as an additional incentive for the current set of women, and will serve as a drawing card to more women to be attracted to cricket,” said the Jamaican, who relinquishes the post next month. The deal was hammered out along with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and, according to the WICB, it will also benefit non-retained players as well. Former West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds, the current WIPA president and CEO, said the new compensation package for the women is “well deserved”. “Our women’s senior team has been a solid elite performing group over the last decade. As such, the improvement and security in their compensation package are well deserved,” Hinds said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I run so passionately because my brother Gary has cancer,” White said. “And my best friend Angela (Beaty) has just recovered from brain cancer. I dedicated my race to them.” White herself has been near death before. During a world championship race in 1993, White who has won many ironman competitions from Hawaii to New Zealand to Canada became seriously ill. Still, she finished in seventh place. Later, doctors discovered that her large intestine had ruptured and her kidneys had shut down. She underwent three surgeries to save her life. “I am a miracle myself. Now, I just have a small part of my intestine. My doctor says that I’ve been to hell and back twice,” said White, who has been running professionally for 18 years. “I just have a positive attitude. I am thankful for every day that I am here.” White, a director of a sports marketing company for runners, a track coach and a spokesperson for the American Lung Association, credits her extended athletic success to eating well and getting proper rest. “I take care of myself. I watch what I put into my body,” she said. “I am going to try to keep running for the rest of my life or as long as I can. Maybe not competitively. I just love to run.” Bonilla, 42, who has been racing since she was 12, said it’s also a miracle that she is able to compete. In 2000, Bonilla made the Mexican Olympic team after two unsuccessful tries at the U.S. Olympic Trials. But her dreams of competing ended when she suffered a spine injury during a car accident in Mexico. “It was a long therapy just to be able to walk again,” Bonilla said. “So it’s just an accomplishment to be almost 43 years old and being able to run in a marathon. People should never give up when others say that you are finished.” Bonilla returned to racing in 2002 at the Long Beach Marathon and finished 10th. Now she races three times a year. Holsten, 30, who works in sales in San Diego, surprised herself by finishing third. A couple of years ago, she didn’t complete the race. “My time was OK. I was hoping to PR (set a personal record). But that’s all right,” said Holsten, who took up marathoning in her second year in college. “It was a little windy out here.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She was all tears and hugs. The finish of the 21st Long Beach Marathon was a very emotional time for Julianne White, 43, of Cardiff by the Sea. Her tears of joy weren’t solely for taking first place in the women’s 26.2-mile race on Sunday morning, but for her loved ones who weren’t well enough to participate. The British-born runner won in 2 hours, 54 minutes, 2 seconds. Rosalva Bonilla, 42, of Big Bear City placed second in 3:00:15, and Andrea Holsten, 30, took third in 3:09:30. At about Mile 9, White began to put some distance between her and the field, and she didn’t break down until she burst through the tape.