JAAA regrets passing of St Jago athlete

Sunday, February 23, 2014    

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The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has expressed deep regret at the passing of St Jago High School student Cavahn McKenzie, who collapsed and died after participating at the NACAC Cross-Country Championships in Tobago yesterday. According to a release from the JAAA last evening, 17-year-old McKenzie collapsed at the end of the six-kilometre event. He was rushed to the Scarborough General Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

The JAAA release said an autopsy will be performed tomorrow with a member of the Jamaican management team present. The team has received tremendous support from senior Trinidad and Tobago officials.

Yesterday, McKenzie's family was visited and informed by a team comprising Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller; Natalie Neita Headley, minister with responsibility for sports in the office Of the Prime Minister; Sandra Swyer-Watson, principal of St Jago High School; Andre Kidd, coach of St Jago High; Garth Gayle, general secretary, JAAA; and Dr Carl Bruce, executive member, JAAA.

The Jamaican team will return to the island at 12:40 pm today.

The JAAA offers sincere condolences to the family of McKenzie, team members, as well as the St Jago family and the wider track and field fraternity.





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