Meet Tony Greyson-Newman, a 40-year old something with a dream to take sprint kayaking by storm. Training at Richmond Canoe Club, in the UK, Tony has come on in leaps and bounds in just a short amount of time. Tony is driven by his dream to reach the Brazilian Rio 2016 Olympics and to compete internationally on the sprint kayaking circuit beyond then. Equally Tony wishes to expose and promote sprint kayaking to the young and older in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora worldwide and on his recent trip to Jamaica, introduced some basic sprint kayaking techniques to enthusiastic young rowers at Kingston Rowing Club, based at the Caribbean Maritime Institute.
Also on his recent trip, Tony was delighted to meet Christian Stokes, one of the first Jamaican bobsleigh team members (Coolrunnings) who gave great encouragement, with the vision and support and hard work of Mr Leon McNeil of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, and the Jamaica National Olympic Committee, Tony believes that Jamaica can make a valued contribution to international sprint kayaking which will also benefit the nation.
Tony is ecstatic about his new sponsor, JT’s Coconut Essence, and his first major international race will see him race in the arduous Spanish Sella Descent race in August, one of the most well known canoe/kayaking races in the world, with up to 2,000 competitors chasing a 20 kilometre downstream course. Tony is honoured that he will be the first ever Jamaican to race at this or any international kayaking event! Tony also tries to raise money and awareness and support for international charity, WaterAid with future activity throughout the year.