Two time defending champion St. Andrew is aiming for a third consecutive title at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Athletics Championship on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at the National Stadium. Last year St. Andrew amassed 359.5 points to dominate the championships, laying claim to their 18th title. St. Catherine was their closest rival with 255.50 points followed by St Ann (230 points). The 34th staging of the annual event promises to be an entertaining speed fest as over 1200 Primary, All-Age and Junior High School student-athletes from across the island will showcase their athletic prowess.
The battle is yet again expected to come down to the two perennial contenders in St. Andrew and St. Catherine who have finished first and second respectively in the past two stagings of the championships. Last year, St Andrew enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory but a year earlier, 2015, only barely managed to see off the St. Catherine team. St. Andrew totalled 326 points just enough to beat St Catherine’s 311. If any team can stop the St. Andrew train it is certainly the St. Catherine team though St. Ann has been steadily improving and could be eyeing a title chase this year.
“St. Catherine, Portland, St. Ann and St. Elizabeth are fierce competitors, with strong teams and will be looking to stop St. Andrew from winning the Parish Championships three years in a row”, said Colin Spence, Chairman of the National Sports Committee. He noted that based on their performances during the Parish level competition, St. Catherine especially will mount a challenge for St. Andrew.
Student athletes, ages 6 to 17 years, from over 800 schools will be competing for the title of Parish Champion. As in previous years, the first day of Championship remains free to the public while Saturday, the final day of the meet, a low entrance fee of $200 for adults and $100 for children under 12 will be charged for entry. On both days, the Championship will start at 10 a.m. and proceed until 5:30 p.m.
The JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships has been fostering development of Jamaica’s top athletes in its 33 year existence. The Championships have nurtured the likes of Dr the Honourable Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Bert Cameron, Nesta Carter, Sherone Simpson, Aileen Bailey and Bridgette Foster-Hylton to name a few.
About Sagicor Group Jamaica
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 andthe first life insurance company to be listed on the JSE. The Sagicor Group own one of the 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.