Fairfield International throws down the gauntlet

New school makes splashing entrance in swimming competition

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Indicating it will be a force to reckon with, Montego Bay-based Fairfield International Academy (FIA) has aggressively taken 13th position among 50 teams in the 2018 ISSA High School and Tertiary Swim Meet at the National Stadium.

In its first national athletic competition since opening its doors in September 2018, FIA fielded four swimmers — three girls and one boy - whose performances collectively signaled that a new power has arrived in the pool.

The swimmers entering the stadium pool on November 30 for FIA were: Leilani Eaton; Ghirdar Chuganey; Demi Delaphena and Harshita Reddy, all under the guidance of Coach Gregory Daly.

Notably, the FIA swim team entered 18 competitions; competed in 13 events; placed among the elite eight in three events; placed top ten six times and in the top twenty 15 times. The girls placed 13th as a team.

FIA which started briefly as the Rose Hall Academy, is the first international school on the north coast, offering “powerful, holistic education with an international curriculum”, backed by some of the top young businessmen and women in the second city.

Head of School Shirley Davis could hardly contain her excitement, noting that: “The swim team put FIA on the sporting map of Jamaica. The results were spectacular and exceeded all our expectations.”

She said that the swimmers had trained in earnest, anticipating the high level of competition. A Pep Rally in their honour was held at school to send them off and encourage other students to join the swim team.

“PTA (Parent-Teachers Association) members donated fantastic prizes and all the students sold raffle tickets to pay for the associated costs of the event, including the hotel, entry fees and transport. The FIA community rallied behind this first team event and the dedication to success was obvious,” said Davis.

Lylibeth Eaton, mother of swimmer Leilani Eaton and a key parent in supporting and initiating the entry of the FIA swimmers, was over the moon at the end of the event. She wrote a note to Davis exclaiming: “I'm writing you this e-mail with much excitement and even tears of joy!

“The official results are in! Our school FIA is ranked #13 in Jamaica! Can you imagine? Brand new school competing against well-established schools like Campion College, Immaculate, St Andrew High and even universities like UWI. Remarkable is an understatement! So very proud of our team! Go FIA!”

Fairfield International Academy is feverishly planning its next event, January 20 — the FIA FUN RUN set for January 20, 2019, for which registrations are now being accepted at shirley.davis@fairfieldacademyja.com.

FIA accepts new students in January and throughout the academic year.

— Desmond Allen

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