Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lord Coe gives two thumbs up to Sigma Run

 Lord Sebastian Coe at the 17th staging
of Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 
International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Vice President Lord Sebastian Coe has given high marks to the seventeenth staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, staged on Sunday, February 22 in Kingston. 

The two time double Olympic gold medalist was also bowled over by the number of youngsters who participated, and believes it is a matter of time before Jamaica soars in the arena of long distance running. “I was pleased to see so many young children in the race and they seem to handle the course well. It marvels me why Jamaica doesn’t do well in the longer races at the international level; however if the youngsters that I see carry on in this fashion with the right training, I believe Jamaica will soon get an Olympic medal in the 800m and 1500m.” 

Alfred Francis, Race Director for Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is pleased with Coe’s endorsement. “Sigma is a well oiled machine clicking with excellence and efficiency. We know that there is a lot of need in the health sector ... it changes and saves lives. 

Coe says the organisation and participation at the prestigious event could rival any first world staging. “I am very impressed with the Sigma Run, to see all these people turn out is amazing. I must tip my hat to Sagicor for what I believe is an ingenious initiative to help the health sector.”

 (l-r) Mark Chisholm, Sagicor Life Jamaica’s Executive Vice President, Individual Life Division; Donovan Perkins, President & CEO of Sagicor Bank; Dr Warren Blake, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA); Lord Sebastian Coe British politician and former 1500m Olympic Champion; Warren Weir, 200m Olympic bronze medalist; Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, Race Director of Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run and Richard Byles, President & CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica. The group gathered at the start line ahead of this year’s Sigma Run on Sunday, February 22 in New Kingston.
Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Dr. Warren Blake is proud of the long lasting impact on the sport of track and field in Jamaica. “This event is truly a wonderful way to raise awareness about health and fitness. It has proven that running will increase your lifespan and I will always encourage persons to try and run at least three to four times per week.” 

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is an annual fundraising venture organised by  Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited with an aim to improve the lives of children by assisting child care facilities. The Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Unit and Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation are the recipients of the $26,048,095.00 raised.  To date, the initiative has raised approximately $167 Million. 

Sagicor Group Jamaica is a financial services conglomerate with business in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica. The Group offers products and services in the areas of Banking, Insurance, Investments, Real Estate, Asset Management and Retirement Planning. Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited is the leading Life and Health insurance provider in Jamaica. The Company commenced operations in 1970 as Life of Jamaica Limited, the first locally owned life insurance company and the first life insurance company to be listed on the JSE.  Sagicor Group Jamaica is a member of the wider Sagicor Financial Corporation.  Sagicor Financial Corporation operates in over 20 countries and its operations date back to 1840.

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