OVER 2,000 athletes from schools across the Corporate Area and rural parishes are expected to strut their stuff at the first track and field meeting of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) calendar year 2013, which is the Wata/JC Track & Field Development Meet at the school's 189 Old Hope Road base today starting at 8:30 am.
This is the 20th year of the event, which is a qualifying meet for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Athletic Championships and among the competing schools should be defending Boys & Girls champions Calabar High and Edwin Allen.
Other traditional campaigners Kingston College, Wolmer’s, Holmwood Technical, Vere, St Jago, and St Andrew Technical High School will be joined by Hydel, Bog Walk, Charlemont, and Vauxhall.
Each school, club, or institution may enter in one of two team categories or as an unattached competitor in the Under-19, Under-16 and Under-14 boys classes one to three and Under-19, Under-17, and Under-13 girls classes one to four.
Events to be contested are 100m, 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m (female) and 5,000m (male), 70m hurdles, 80m hurdles, 100m hurdles, and 110m hurdles and long and high jumps, discus, shot put, and pole vault.
Chairman of the meet’s organising committee and second vice-president of the JAAA, Ian Forbes, told the Jamaica Observer that he expects things to run smoothly today.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on being very organised,” he said.
The honoree this year will be Jamaica College old boy Michael Bernard, a former Sunlight Cup cricket standout and national youth cricket representative, who has served as board chairman since January 2010.
Bernard’s support was also instrumental in contributing to the school winning every schoolboy football title on offer except the Under-16 Colts title and winning the triple crown — Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield. Also they have won the Under-14 urban and all-island titles in 2010, as well as the Boys' Athletic Championships Track and Field title in 2011.