As the curtains came down on Thursday’s congratulatory reception hosted by the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, the relationship between the two groups of awardees, the institution’s Track Team and the Racers Track Club moved one step further, as the Campus through the ceremony, cemented its commitment to a new phase of sporting development.
Standing on the same platform, athletes from both teams shared in the moment of honour as they were acknowledged for their outstanding performances in the recent athletic championships in Daegu and China earlier this year. Also recognized for their contribution to the effort, members of the coaching and support staff of both entities were also lauded by the Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus, Prof. Gordon Shirley, as he shared with the audience the Campus’ mission to develop a renewed community sporting spirit and creation of better quality Caribbean athletes.
The Campus’ new development thrust has propositioned several initiatives toward achieving this mandate, such as the provision of better training facilities and meal plans, academic programmes, drug testing and support for physical, mental and psychological well being of athletes.
Head Coach for the UWI Sprint Team and President of the Racers Track Club, Glen Mills believes that success is inevitable once the right effort is extended. “With a dedicated team of athletes who possesses natural talent and discipline, we are destined for greatness”, he explained. Under the tutelage of Glen Mills, the UWI Sprint Team and the Racers Track Club have been taking full advantage of the training facilities that are housed at the UWI Bowl, showing overall improvement on all fronts.
UWI’s 110m hurdles gold medalist, Hansle Parchment, and silver medallist, Jason Young were handed tokens of appreciation for excellence in the World University Games 2011. Embracing the extended ‘family’ members, the Mona Campus also singled out Track and Field superstars, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt for awards.
The event which started with a grand entrance parade of the awardees, also featured several performances from the wider UWI fraternity.