More than 1200 young athletes will compete at the 32nd staging of the JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships set to take place at the National Stadium over two days, Friday, May 15 and Saturday May 16. The parish Championships is an annual track and field event high on the radar of coaches, recruiters and young athletes alike.
Students from ages 6 through 17 from some 800 schools across the island at the Primary, All Age and Junior High Schools levels will perform at their best on the National stage.
Ingrid Card, Vice President, Group Marketing, of Sagicor Group Jamaica says the meet is an integral aspect of the sporting career of many athletes. “Approximately 75 percent of our national athletes over the last 20-25 years have participated in the JTA/Sagicor Champs. We believe it is a necessary stomping ground for future athletes to garner the relevant experience, camaraderie and competitive nature of track and field.”
Some of the athletes who have participated in the championship include Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson, Shericka Williams, Aileen Bailey, Bridgette Foster Hylton, Deloreen Ennis London, Nesta Carter, Markino Buckley, Marvin Anderson, Yohan Blake, Bert Cameron and Germaine Mason, among others.
The competition for the National title will also give individual athletes the opportunity to compete for the coveted title of Champion Boy and Champion Girl. They will each receive a trophy and an academic scholarship for their tenure at secondary school courtesy of title sponsor Sagicor.
Sagicor Group Jamaica is a financial services conglomerate. 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. The Sagicor Group owns the 3rd largest bank in Jamaica and one of the top Investments Company. 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.