Tuesday, June 11, 2013

UWI Mona crowned champions on home turf

The University of the West Indies Mona Campus took top spot as the curtains came down on the 28th staging of the UWI Games held at the UWI Mona Bowl in Jamaica. The Institution’s campuses of Cave Hill, Barbados; Mona, Jamaica; and St. Augustine, Trinidad competed against each other over a ten day multi-sport championship featuring fierce performances and social integration among the schools.
Mona narrowly secured the title from the defending champions Cave Hill Campus. Amassing 96 points overall Mona, Jamaica won the UWI Games 2013 by taking first place in several disciplines including; Track and Field, Netball, Male Football, Table Tennis, Male Volleyball and Female Basketball.  

Mona is closely followed by previous winners Cave Hill, Barbados with 92 points. Following eight days of gruelling competition, Cave Hill won the Cricket, Hockey, Female Volleyball and Tennis titles.

 St Augustine was not to be outdone as they made their mark on the competition with victories in the swimming competition as well as female football scoring 64 points overall.

The 2013 edition of the UWI Games has gone down as one of the most fiercely contested multi-discipline event as the rivalry between hosts UWI Mona and UWI Cave Hill reached fever pitched.
Dalton Myers, Director of Sports for UWI, Mona expressed his satisfaction on a hosting successful event. “It was not without challenges however, all the team have put out an impressive performance throughout the competition, the results show that the talent in the University Community is improving. We broke some previous records and crowned some new champions this year.” 

The UWI Games which originated in the 1960’s as the inter campus games, has been ongoing biennially among the three main University campuses, Cave Hill-Barbados, St Augustine-Trinidad and Mona-Jamaica. 

“Allot of integration on and off the court, the idea is not just to win but to have fun and expose athletes to regional rivalry that is not experience in some sports at the university level.” Myers continued.

According to Horton Dolphin Head of Academy of Sports UWI Cave Hill, the rivalry served for good competition in the end. “It has been an amazing ten days of fun, athleticism and all the other adjectives you can think of, I think the over 400 student athletes who competed this year experienced good keen competition and I am sure everyone had a good time, and that is what the UWI Games is all about.” said Dolphin.

The UWI Games 2013 continues on Wednesday, May 29 at the Lyssons Beach St. Thomas promoting integration and relaxation as well as friendly beach volleyball and football games among the participants.

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