Work on KC track to be­gin on Mon­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

KINGSTON COL­LEGE is fol­low­ing in the path of his­tory by break­ing ground for its new syn­thetic run­ning track at the Mel­bourne cam­pus on El­let­son Road yes­ter­day. They will be­come the sec­ond lo­cal high school to do so in one year fol­low­ing in the foot­step of Cal­abar High, which opened its track last Jan­uary.

The new track is be­ing fa­cil­i­tated by Bach­e­lor’s fam­i­ly­headed RuJohn Foun­da­tion, which has con­trib­uted 75 per cent of the US$400,000 es­ti­mated cost of con­struc­tion.

Yes­ter­day’s cer­e­mony was well at­tended by past and cur­rent stu­dents, as well as po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Work on the track will be­gin on Mon­day and is ex­pected to be com­pleted in late Fe­bru­ary.

By­ron Bach­e­lor handed over the ini­tial con­tri­bu­tion to By­ron In­gle­ton of Pave­com, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble to start the early work on the pro­ject.

The track will have a full 100m straight, but will mea­sure 350m in com­plete length, along with Of­fi­cials (from left) Den­zil Wilks (gen­eral man­ager, Sports Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion); Bryan In­gle­ton; By­ron Bach­e­lor (ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, RuJohn Foun­da­tion); Dave Myrie (head­mas­ter, Kingston Col­lege); Dr War­ren Blake (pres­i­dent, JAAA); In­grid Bach­e­lor (ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, RuJohn Foun­da­tion); Michael Vac­cianna (chair­man, Kingston Col­lege School Board); and Christina Bach­e­lor (pres­i­dent, RuJohn Foun­da­tion) take part in a ground-break­ing cer­e­mony for Kingston Col­lege’s syn­thetic run­ning track yes­ter­day.

in­ter­na­tional stan­dard curves.

This is not the first con­tri­bu­tion from the Bach­e­lors, who a

year ago helped in build­ing one of two new basketball courts for the North Street-based in­sti­tu­tion

and By­ron, along with wife In­grid and daugh­ter Chris­tine, were all present yes­ter­day.

By­ron, who rep­re­sented Kingston Col­lege at the Boys Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships as a part of the suc­cess­ful med­ley re­lay team in 1979, where he ran in the pre­lim­i­nary round spoke about his love for Kingston Col­lege and giv­ing back.

“While at Kingston Col­lege, I was en­cour­aged by Ge­orge Thomp­son, then coach, that once you give, you will re­ceive and it is not only when you are wealthy you are to give, as what­ever you can give early in your life, it will add up big time af­ter a while; and be­cause of my love for the in­sti­tu­tion I had no prob­lem to give back,” said By­ron, who stated that his daugh­ter, Christina played a great part as she had a se­cret meet­ing with Prin­ci­pal Dave Myrie, mak­ing it known that she wanted to help.

The young Bach­e­lor was very ec­static about her fam­ily’s con­tri­bu­tion.

“I think this is a great pro­ject, and it gives us an op­por­tu­nity from the RuJohn Foun­da­tion to touch a lot of lives. I think there is so much tal­ent in Ja­maica in track and field and this gives the kids the proper tools to be able to ex­cel to their full po­ten­tial,” she said.

GRATE­FUL FOR TRACK

Myrie was thank­ful in his ad­dress.

“I must thank RuJohn Foun­da­tion for its ma­jor role here, along with all oth­ers who have con­trib­uted. Spe­cial thanks to the Florida Old Boys Chap­ter, led by Aud­ley He­witt and all the other Old boys lo­cally and over­seas. This will def­i­nitely go a far way with the prepa­ra­tion of the track team, as this will guar­an­tee less in­juries and def­i­nitely will re­sult in op­ti­mum per­for­mance.” he said

Also present yes­ter­day were JAAA pres­i­dent Dr War­ren Blake; Juliet Camp­bell rep­re­sent­ing Puma; Den­zil Wilks – chair­man of the Sports Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion; and Michael Vac­cianna, board chair­man of Kingston Col­lege.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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