Wednesday, April 30, 2014

St Andrew set to defend title at National Athletics Champs

Sagicor Life Jamaica is once again supporting the development of youth through sport with its title sponsorship of the JTA National Athletics Championships. The event slated for Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 at the National Stadium will see St Andrew defending its 2013 parish title as other parishes set to combat in the meet’s 52 events. 

At the press launch for the 31st staging of the National Athletics Champs, held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association headquarters in Downtown Kingston, Sagicor announced   $4.5 million sponsorship for this year’s event. In addition to the sponsorship, Sagicor will provide two five-year academic scholarships at the secondary school level to the Champion Boy and Champion Girl of the meet, a tradition which has been upheld for over 4 years now. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (2nd left) was the guest speaker at the launch of the JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships held at JTA’s head offices in Downtown Kingston on Wednesday, April 30. The Olympian, who participated in the meet in 1998, was also announced as the Patron of the 2014 staging set for Friday May 16 and Saturday May 18 at the National Stadium.

(l-r) Ena Bartley, Liaison Officer at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympian, Barbara Gascoigne, General Manager of the JTA Co-operative Credit Union, Alysia White, Manager of Sponsorships & Public Relations at Sagicor and Dr Mark Nicely, President of the JTA.

Ingrid Card, Assistant Vice President of Group Marketing at Sagicor Jamaica says, “It is remarkable to watch the growth of our athletes from JTA/Sagicor Champs through to Boys and Girls Champs and then on to international meets such as the Olympics. Sagicor is proud to be a part of such a vital aspect of youth development.” 

In preparation for the meet, athletes ranging from ages 6 through17 from schools within each parish have participated in inter-parish/divisional meets.  The top athletes for each meet were then selected to represent their individual parishes. A parish coordinator is then assigned to these athletes, who guides them through training and team building exercises.   

Mrs. Ena Barclay, Liaison Officer at the JTA has remarked, “The continued support from Sagicor is commendable, as they not only offer financial assistance but are real partners through their team members.” 

While day one remains free, day two of the Championships (Saturday) will attract a minimal charge of $100 for children and $200 for adults. Spectators can anticipate a spectacular performance from 2012 parish champion, Portland as they set to defeat 2013 parish winner St Andrew for the 2014 title.

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