Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and Sagicor Foundation today, May 18, 2017, launched the 34th staging of the JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championship at the Association’s Head Office in Kingston. The annual event is slated for Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at the National Stadium, and will showcase the athletic prowess of over 1200 students from across the island.
Sagicor Foundation has retained their role as title sponsor for the Championship by contributing over $6 million towards the staging of the event. Two, five-year secondary level academic scholarships will also be provided through the Foundation for the 2017 Champion Boy and Champion Girl. 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 on Saturday, the final day of the meet, will attract a low entrance fee of $200 for adults and $100 for children under 12. On both days, the Championship will start at 10 a.m. and proceed until 5:30 p.m.
|Mark Chisholm, executive vice president of Sagicor Group Jamaica (centre) and Howard Issacs, Jamaica Teacher's Association (JTA) president greet guest speaker the Hon. Floyd Green, minister of state in the ministry of education, youth and information|
According to Mark Chisholm, Executive Vice President, Individual Life Division, “We have seen the many benefits and rewards derived from the Championship, for the many children who have come up through the meet. This Championship has been the platform for exposing the talent of so many of our athletes who have gone on to have long and successful careers as track superstars. To name a few – the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt, our pocket rocket Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the great Yohan Blake. And the future looks bright with the upcoming stream of superstars, as was evidenced by the recently held Boys and Girls Athletic Championships. Plus I know we will see several rising stars during the meet on June 2 and 3.”
Guest speaker, Education, Youth and Information State Minister, The Honourable Floyd Green, MP, commended JTA and Sagicor Jamaica for their commitment to youth sports. He went on to acknowledge the young talents in the room by stating, “All of the children you see here today are very serious about their future in sports and it is something that as parents we must encourage; it is something we must facilitate.” The State Minister also emphasised the important role sports plays to build qualities such as discipline, dedication and the willingness to work hard to achieve ones goal. He added, “Those are things that are life lessons that will take you into whatever field of endeavour that you embark on. Those are the lessons that will serve you well.”
The parish of St. Andrew has won the Parish Championship title over eighteen times, and last year they scored over 359.50 points, coming out as overall winners in the boys and girls categories, earning 228 points and 138 points respectively. Second and third place went to St. Catherine with 255.50 points followed by St. Ann with 230 points.
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.