Worthy tribute to a baking industry lady

first_imgYOUR readers should share the wonderful tribute to Jean Grieves, who was invested as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers on April 4. This is the culmination of an outstanding career in our industry.It is fitting to acknowledge the immense contribution Jean has made towards the baking industry – for example when, as head of department at Tameside College, she brought a level of success and prominence to the college far beyond its provincial roots.After retiring from Tameside, Jean became chairman of the Programme Committee of the British Society of Baking (BSB) for nearly 10 years, retiring after the successful 50th anniversary conference, held in conjunction with the Food & Bake show in Birmingham last month.She received an eloquent tribute from Hugh Weeks at the 50th anniversary dinner, held to celebrate the event. Both this and the honour she received reflect her unique combination of exceptional qualities – a creativity and passion for our craft with a remarkable organisational ability.Those of us who know her personally will have also been charmed by her warmth and unfailing courtesy. The baking industry – and the BSB in particular – has been immensely enriched by her talents.David Roberts, chairman, Frank Roberts & Sonslast_img read more

Ghanaian Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong, features twice in Pyeongchang finals

first_imgGhana’s first skeleton Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong, twice qualified for the finals during the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation Pyeongchang InterContinental Cup this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It is the same track where Frimpong made history for his country and began his drive to become the Hope of a Billion when he competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Frimpong’s results this week showed just how far Frimpong has come as a skeleton athlete on the world stage. In 2018, Frimpong finished 30th out of 30 athletes.This week, Frimpong finished 19th and 20th out of 24 athletes beating countries from the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Luxembourg, and New Zealand.The results come despite not having a sliding coach. As his successful sliding season wraps up, Frimpong competed in 12 races and qualified for the finals eleven times. Frimpong currently ranks 76th out of 150 skeleton athletes in the world. He can still move up in the world rankings since only 7 best races are now counted on the world rankings with one more to be added by next weekend. “I made some big improvements this year,” Frimpong said. “I’m proud of what I have accomplished, but there is still so much work ahead of me before the 2022 Olympics. I hope in the upcoming season I can find the support I need to have a sliding coach to make bigger strides for Ghana.“ Qualifying for the Olympics is going to be extremely difficult if I don’t have a sliding coach and the resources of other countries. I trust something good will happen I just have to keep working hard and stay relentless.”“For now, I plan to take a couple of days off to be with my family then start training to prepare for next season. I want to thank my head sponsor, Ghana Gas, whose support has been critical to my growth this season. “Team Murdock Hyundai from Murray, Utah made my traveling to training locally possible since 2017 and my new sponsor, Forever Living Products International has been supporting me with their amazing Aloe Vera products which help with my recovery. Finally, I have to thank everyone who has been part of the Hope of a Billion story this season.”last_img read more

Annabell makes a fast start to 2017

first_img Girl international Annabell Fuller made a fast start to her 2017 season when she finished runner-up in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational on Florida’s Orange Blossom tour.But afterwards the 14-year-old and her family had a wry smile about the result. Her father, Ashley, reports: “After coming second six times last year we had a little smile as we started again as runner up, although this felt more like a win.”Fuller, from Roehampton in Surrey, enjoyed an excellent 2016, winning the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, making her debut in the England girls’ team and grabbing all those second places, which included the runners-up spot in the Scottish U18, U16 and U14 championships.She carried her form into the New Year and was in contention throughout the Harder Hall, finishing on three-over par for the 72 hole event. She was five behind the winner and a stroke ahead of third place. The Harder Hall provided a showcase for English talent with British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) finishing 10th while Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) was 15th.Fuller’s plan for the week was to attack the course and take advantage of her length. She went for all the par fives in two and also attacked the par four second hole, taking driver each day for a 220-yard carry over the swamp forest. The risky strategy paid off in the second round with a chip-in eagle two.At the start of the final round Fuller was tied third and six shots behind the leader and her plan was more aggressive play to overwhelm her rivals. The plan was working as reached the first two par fives in two and birdied both holes, reducing the deficit to four shots.But then, heavy rain set in and she had to halt the charge and focus on getting the ball round. “Annabell played great golf all week, the only negative being the putts didn’t drop which eventually cost her the tournament,” said Ashley. “As her father I was extremely proud how composed she was all week in different conditions with long rounds of five-hours plus, this is something she has really worked on.”Fuller’s older sister, Sammy – a women’s international – had been due to play in the tournament but had to pull out after an emergency tonsil operation.The Fuller sisters are members of the England girls’ squad while Lamb and Price are in the England women’s squad.Click here for full scores 9 Jan 2017 Annabell makes a fast start to 2017 last_img read more