Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sagicor Life Jamaica Donates Millions to National Athletic Champs
Sagicor Life Jamaica, in a show of continued support of youth development in Jamaica has announced a $4.5M sponsorship of the meet.The annual JTA/Sagicor Primary, All Age and Junior High School Athletic Championships is scheduled for May 13 and 14 at the National Stadium. The announcement was made at a press conference on Monday, April 18.
1200 participants from the 14 parishes will vie for the title and the academic scholarship of Champion Boy and Champion girl.
After the staging of a successful meet last year and an unwavering 11 year partnership with the Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA), Sagicor had no issue with signing on for a 12th year.
Mr Richard Byles, Chairman and CEO of Sagicor Life Jamaica said, “It is with great pride that we partner with the JTA, with an unwavering dedication, that stems from the progressive impact that this meet has on the growth of Jamaica’s most valued asset, our children”.
Since the birth of the meet in 1988, the meet has proven to be a starting point for many of the nation’s star athletes who have gone on to represent the Jamaica internationally. Chief among the athletes who have emerged form the championship include, Veronica Campbell, Aileen Bailey, Sherone Simpson, Bridgitte Foster-Hylton O.D and the Hon. Usain Bolt.
The championship has proven to be a rearing ground for rich, natural talent and has potentially influenced the course Jamaica’s track and field history. Talent is identified and showcased early, leading to growth and development that translates into Olympic stellar performance and medals.
Records of the meet reveal that approximately seventy-five percent of Jamaican athletes performing on the national and international scene specifically within the past 16 years, are product of the Blue Cross sponsored Jamaica Association National Primary, All-Age and Junior High School Champs.
On May 16, 1962, the first All- Island Primary and All-Age School Sports was staged at the National Stadium under the patronage of the late Herb McKinley and the late Al Philips. The Rt. Honourable Sir Alexander Bustamante lauded the efforts of the Jamaica Union of the Teacher’s in organizing the Meet. He said, “Its the best thing that has happened to Primary and All- Age Schools within living memory”.
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