KC breaks ground for syn­thetic track

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - RAY­MOND GRA­HAM STAR Writer

KINGSTON Col­lege broke ground yes­ter­day for the school’s new syn­thetic run­ning track at the Mel­bourne cam­pus on El­let­son Road. The in­sti­tu­tion will be­come the sec­ond lo­cal high school to do so this year, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Cal­abar High which opened its track last Jan­uary.

The new track is be­ing fa­cil­i­tated by Batch­e­lors fam­ily-headed RuJohn Foun­da­tion, which has con­trib­uted 75% of the US$400,000 es­ti­mated cost of con­struc­tion.

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

By­ron Batch­e­lor 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 in­ter­na­tional stan­dard curves.

This is not the first con­tri­bu­tion from the Batch­e­lors, who a year ago helped in build­ing one of two new bas­ket­ball courts for the North Street-based in­sti­tu­tion, and By­ron, 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.

NO PROB­LEM

“While at Kingston Col­lege, I was en­cour­aged by Ge­orge Thomp­son, then coach, that once you give you will re­ceive. 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. Also, 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 also as she had a se­cret meet­ing with Prin­ci­pal Dave Myrie mak­ing it known that she wanted to help.

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.

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