Mico honours World Ju­nior champ James

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In­sti­tu­tion launches first 5K road race

WORLD UN­DER-20 fe­male cham­pion Tif­fany James was recog­nised by staff and stu­dents of The Mico Univer­sity Col­lege at the school’s gen­eral assem­bly, held in­side the Eli Mat­alon Gym­na­sium yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Also, the univer­sity launched its first 5K road race, which will be held on Oc­to­ber 23.

James, who be­came the first Ja­maican fe­male to win a gold medal at the global level, fol­low­ing her suc­cess in July in By­d­goszcz, Poland, was one of five in­di­vid­u­als who were hon­oured by the in­sti­tu­tion in a packed au­di­to­rium filled with stu­dents and staff.

James, who was also a mem­ber of the sil­ver-win­ning fe­male 4x400 me­tres re­lay team in Poland, re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and a plaque for her achieve­ments.

Fel­low stu­dents – in­clud­ing James’ sis­ter, Sa­man­tha, and Daw­nalee Loney – re­ceived cer­tifi­cates for be­ing part of the Ja­maica NACAC Un­der-23 sil­ver-medal win­ning 4x400 me­tres re­lay team last July in San Sal­vador, El Sal­vador.

Ja­vere Bell was also recog­nised for be­ing a mem­ber of the Ja­maica team to the Rio Olympic Games.

Also awarded with cer­tifi­cates were track and field coach of the in­sti­tu­tion, Olympian Bert­land Cameron, and di­rec­tor of sports, Ray­mond ‘KC’ Gra­ham, for their con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of sports at the univer­sity.

Guest speaker at yes­ter­day’s func­tion was noted track and field an­a­lyst, Hu­bert Lawrence. He lauded the in­sti­tu­tion for its rise in sports, es­pe­cially in track and Pro­fes­sor Neville Ying (left), pro chan­cel­lor, chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors, The Mico Univer­sity Col­lege, makes a pre­sen­ta­tion to Tif­fany James (sec­ond right) at The Mico Univer­sity Col­lege’s gen­eral assem­bly and spe­cial recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony’ of mem­bers of Mico’s track and field team, at Eli Mat­alon Gym­na­sium, The Mico Univer­sity Col­lege, on Marescaux Road in Kingston yes­ter­day. Look­ing on are Dr As­burn Pin­nock (sec­ond left), pres­i­dent, Mico, and Mau­rice Wil­son, tech­ni­cal leader of Ja­maica’s track and field team to the just-con­cluded Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

field, and com­mended the ad­min­is­tra­tion for its ef­fort in en­sur­ing that the col­lege make a big im­pact in the field of sports. He also spoke highly of James.

“I have fol­lowed Tif­fany’s ca­reer since she was at Pap­ine High and I am very proud of her achieve­ment, as over the years Ja­maica has had many out­stand­ing ath­letes at th­ese cham­pi­onships and never had any­one take home the gold,” said Lawrence.

“But her achieve­ment was very spe­cial, be­ing the first Ja­maican to do so at ei­ther the ju­nior or se­nior level,” he con­tin­ued.

The op­por­tu­nity was also used for the launch of Mico’s first 5K road race, where race di­rec­tor Ian Forbes, gen­eral man­ager of Sher­win Wil­liams, spoke about the event and im­plored all Mi­co­ni­ans to “at­tend in large num­bers”.

Funds raised from the event

will go to­wards the PreUniver­sity Men’s Pro­gramme (PUMP).

Also present at yes­ter­day’s func­tion was Pro­fes­sor Neville Ying, pro chan­cel­lor, chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors, Mico Univer­sity Col­lege; Dr As­burn Pin­nock, pres­i­dent, Mico; and Mau­rice Wil­son, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of Ja­maica’s track and field team to the Rio Olympic Games, him­self a Mi­co­nian.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHOTOGRAPHER

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