Kingston, Jamaica — The University of the West Indies Mona Campus, and in particular UWI Bowl, will be the place to be at 10:00 am today for the third staging of the UWI/UTech Sports Championships.
This is the significant annual sports clash between the University of the West Indies (UWI) Pelicans and neighbours, the University of Technology (UTech) Knights.
This year over 300 student athletes will be aiming to bring home the Championship Trophy. Themed 'Seven Sports, Two Teams, One Championship', all seven events will be contested in the shortened version to ensure matches are fast paced and intense. The line-up includes 20/20 cricket, basketball, football, fastnet netball and volleyball with two additional sports for this year's championship — rugby and female football, both of which are emerging sports and should provide unlimited excitement as the participants display their determination to win.
The event, which started in 2010, is specifically designed to develop a friendly rivalry between the two leading universities, while synonymously bolstering the individual school spirits. The concept has been well received, as seen over the last two years where hundreds of students have come out in their school colours to show their support for the respective institutions.
"The Mona Pelicans are excited at the opportunity to play host to the UWI/UTech Sports championships for the second time, and we are relishing the chance to defend our title," said Rashid Hall, Championship Co-ordinator from the UWI Sports Department.
"One has to acknowledge the athletic abilities of the students from both universities; it is evident that they have some of the top sportsmen and women in the island and this championship creates an amicable forum to display their abilities," said Hall. "Our teams are preparing, our students are ready and bursting with excitement and we are anticipating competitive, yet friendly interaction. Of course the UWI hopes to improve on its performances and continue on our unbeaten streak since the inception of the event in 2010," Hall concluded.
In addition to the sports today, there will be lots of entertainment and giveaways during game breaks along with a lunch hour concert. A mini social will be also be held after the presentation of awards to help to foster a positive relationship between the athletes, students, staff, alumni and supporters of both institutions.