Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday, October 18, 2011: Track Superstars Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will join World University Games Gold Medalist Hansle Parchement on the list of Awardees this Thursday, as the University of the West Indies Mona Campus celebrates the extraordinary achievements of its home teams - Racers Track Club and the Mona Campus' Track and Field contingent, in a special reception 'Celebrating with the Stars'.
The ceremony is scheduled for 3pm and will be held at the Undercroft Senate Building.
Riding high on sporting successes in Daegu and Shenzhen, the recipients also include Jason Young, who captured the silver medal in the men’s 200m final in the World University Games 2011, where Parchment who took gold in the men’s 110m Hurdles, with personal best of 13.24 seconds in the third fastest time ever recorded by a Jamaican.
“I am elated. It is an honour to be recognised by my institution and to be honoured on the same platform as both Yohan and Usain” says Parchment. “My dream is to continue performing well and hopefully I can join them as medal winner in a major global event.”
The event will feature the presentation of some 27 awards, nine of them to medalists from the Racers Track team, two to the World University Games medalists and the rest to Coaches and support staff as well as other supported athletes. Prior to the presentation, there will be a grand appearance by the athletes and special performances from the Mona Campus Community.
The University of the West Indies, in the past year has recorded significant performances and developments in various facets of the sporting arena. Director of Sports for the Mona Campus, Dalton Myers, says the primary objective of the institution’s new thrust is to create an environment conducive to the academic and athletic development of students. “We believe that once this thrust is achieved we will be better able to contribute to the development of sports in the region considering we are a regional tertiary institution. By providing access to world class facilities we can help to build a better sports culture in the Caribbean”.
Thursday’s event reinforces the Mona Campus’ determination to raise the bar on sports. Building on its long tradition of excellence in academic performance and culture, the UWI anticipates entering new frontiers in local, regional and international sports.