Central Junior Schools Classic set for tomorrow
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The sixth staging of the Central Junior Schools Classic Track and Field meet is set to take place at Kirkvine Sports Complex here tomorrow.
Participating educational institutions are Vaz Preparatory, Ardenne Preparatory, Bethabara Primary, Black River Primary, Knox Junior School, Mandeville Primary, Mount Saint Joseph Preparatory, Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory, Rock Hall Primary, St Catherine Preparatory, Yabnel Care Centre, El Instituto de Mandevilla Preparatory, Belair Preparatory, Mount Alvernia Preparatory and Team Rockets Track and Field Club, which consists mainly of primary-aged students from St Ann and St Mary.
The event is the brainchild of 1996 Olympic Champion Deon Hemmings-McCatty.
Addressing the press launch at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville on Tuesday, she said that it is a way to nurture track and field talent.
Dr Faithlyn Wilson, principal of El Instituto de Mandevilla and representative of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA), lauded the effort as one that is critical in building character.
“Academic achievement by itself will not facilitate the development of good character in our children. It’s pointless to be brilliant without character,” she said.
Wilson said the benefits of sports include helping children to develop a sense of community, take on leadership roles, improve time management, learn how to deal with adversity and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Organisers say that Cari-Med, through its Pediasure brand, has been a longstanding partner of the event.
As title sponsor this year, a cheque of $250,000 was handed over by company representatives at the launch ceremony, to contribute to the staging of the track meet.
Senior brand manager for Cari-Med, Allison Dexter, said that her organisation is cognisant of the importance of balanced nutrition and youth development and that has fuelled its continued involvement.
The Central Junior Schools Classic is scheduled to start at 9:00am.