The JISA-CPJ Western Invitational Friendship Meet on today
ATHLETICS in private schools in Western Jamaica is set to continue growing in the years ahead following the media launch of the second staging of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association/Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (JISA-CPJ) Western Invitational Friendship Meet on Monday at the CPJ offices on Guinep Street, Freeport, Montego Bay.
JISA President Wesley Boynes indicated, based on the success of last year's staging, that this event has great potential to unearth much talent, and already that can add to Jamaica's rich track and field legacy. However, he pointed out that the staging of the meet was a means to a specific end of nation building and the impartation of values and principles to the students who were participating.
"We are very pleased with how everything has progressed. This sporting event is therefore, firstly, a character development process where our children will learn some very, very important life lessons through the preparation to participate and on the day of the event itself."
Boynes further indicated that the CPJ was the perfect collaborative partner in this initiative 'since their corporate values match our strategic objectives very well'.
Over 700 athletes from 25 schools, including three private high schools, will be participating in the event and there are signs that the meet could be expanded in 2015 and beyond.
"The eagerness and enthusiasm of the athletes and other stakeholders clearly indicate that this meet will only get bigger and better in Montego Bay," said Pastor Boynes.
The JISA-CPJ Invitational comprised 46 events, with the main focus being on the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres, as athletes competed in classes one, two and three. The schools also participated in ball throw, 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays, as well as the long jump.
Executive Chairman of CPJ Mark Hart, said his company continues to look forward to its partnership with the schools in Montego Bay and its environs. "The Hart Group of Companies, and now the CPJ, has been investing in cricketing and football competitions and other sporting events in this community for almost 100 years and we are committed to continuing this tradition."
The meet, which will be conducted today at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, will be guided by several core values such as the display of noble character at all times, friendly rivalry, teamwork, dignified competition, discipline, respect and compassion.
The action begins at 8:30 am sharp.