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Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIALI - Janet.silvera@glean­erjm.com

THE IM­PEND­ING ef­fects of a hur­ri­cane could not muster enough fear to stop the Lions of Cal­abar from recog­nis­ing those who had made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of sports at Cal­abar High School.

The event, a Green Tie af­fair, was held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 1, at the Mona Vis­i­tors’ Lodge in St An­drew. It was planned and staged by the Cal­abar Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion (COBA) to recog­nise four stal­warts in the area of sports – Olympian Dr Den­nis John­son, life­time coach Michael Clarke, sports ad­min­is­tra­tor and at­tor­ney-at-law Lincoln Eat­mon and Reverend Canon Ger­vais Clarke – one of the found­ing fathers of the Gib­son Re­lays.

“Tonight, we ac­knowl­edge the area of sports – an im­por­tant part of our lives; an area that builds char­ac­ter, that strength­ens our per­son­al­ity, that teaches us hu­mil­ity. Th­ese char­ac­ter­is­tics are in­grained in most of us as we are re­quired to par­tic­i­pate in one way or an­other in sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties while at Cal­abar,” said COBA Pres­i­dent David Miller as he lauded the stal­warts.

All four men, past stu­dents of the in­sti­tu­tion renowned for its many wins of Boys’ Champs, shared the spotlight with An­drea Hard­ware, team man­ager of the school’s track team; Dr Clyde Mor­ri­son, founder of the COBA men­tor­ship pro­gramme; and Michael McPher­son, who has contributed more than $8 mil­lion to var­i­ous ini­tia­tives through his one­man COBA Wash­ing­ton, DC, Chap­ter.

H. O’Neil Wil­liams, a mem­ber of the Cal­abar Cen­ten­nial Foun­da­tion, and Paul Lai, who served as trea­surer of COBA from 2009 to 2011, rounded out Pres­i­dent David Miller’s im­pres­sive list of awardees.

Re­spond­ing on be­half of his fel­low awardees, Eat­mon, a se­nior part­ner with Dun­nCox, said it was sat­is­fy­ing for him and his peers to have man­aged to make a con­tri­bu­tion in the area of sports, “which we hope, as our school song says, brought some honour to our school.”

The an­nual din­ner and awards cer­e­mony was made pos­si­ble through the ef­fort of spon­sors, in­clud­ing Sagi­cor, Fidelity Mo­tors, Ster­ling As­set Man­age­ment, MainEvent, The Gleaner (Me­dia) Com­pany Lim­ited, MoBay City Run, San­dals, Citi, Supreme Ven­tures and Li­to­graphic Print­ers.

PHO­TOS BY JANET SILVERA

The 2016 hon­ourees (from left): Dr Den­nis John­son, Michael Clarke, Lincoln Eat­mon and David Miller, pres­i­dent of the Cal­abar Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion. From left: Oliver Bryan, Gre­gory Peart and Damion Green from the Class of 1999 (Lions of Cal­abar) at the Cal­abar Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion Din­ner and Awards.

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