Prep Champs at­tracts more than 1,800 ath­letes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Hu­bert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

MORE THAN 1,800 ath­letes from 55 schools will bat­tle for top hon­ours when the Prepara­tory Schools Cham­pi­onship is con­tested at the Na­tional Sta­dium from May 31 to June 2.

Now in its 41st year, the meet will in­clude hur­dling for the first time. This was an­nounced yes­ter­day at the launch of the event at Sts Peter and Paul Prepara­tory.

Speak­ing at the launch, Ja­maica In­de­pen­dent Schools As­so­ci­a­tion (JISA) pres­i­dent Kar­lene Bis­nott thanked ti­tle spon­sor Tas­tee Ja­maica as well as Se­prod, Reg­gae Jam­min’ and Best Dressed Chicken, Carimed Lim­ited, Sev­ens Seas, At­las Se­cu­rity, Sure­time Med­i­cal, Rain­bow Awn­ings, Pure Na­tional Ice, Puma, hy­dra­tion part­ner HiLite, and Caribbean Air­lines for their in­put and asked for more help.

“We welcome the help we get from our spon­sors, and we are still seek­ing spon­sors,” Bis­nott said.

EM­BRACE FAIR PLAY

She called on stu­dents and coaches to em­brace fair play at the up­com­ing meet. Speak­ing specif­i­cally to the com­peti­tors, she en­cour­aged, “All we’re ask­ing our ath­letes. Just to go out and do your best be­cause only your best is good enough.”

The meet will in­clude two new events, the 60m hur­dles for Class One boys and girls. These events are be­ing spon­sored by sis­ter com­pa­nies Best Dressed Chicken and Reg­gae Jam­ming.

Among those at­tend­ing the event was for­mer na­tional 400m record holder Jer­maine Gon­za­les, who will be work­ing as a coach at the meet for the first time. Gon­za­les, a coach at Sts Peter and Paul, is ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the meet.

“I’m en­joy­ing be­ing a coach, and es­pe­cially for the younger ones. You know, I have a lit­tle boy as well, so it’s good to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties,” he said.

JER­MAINE GON­ZA­LES

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