All set for JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships on Friday and Saturday


All set for JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships on Friday and Saturday

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

With over 1,000 student athletes set to participate, stakeholders of the 36th annual Jamaica Teachers' Association/Sagicor National Athletics Championships are anticipating class-act performances from the island's children.

The two-day event will be held at the National Stadium on Friday and Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am each day, with athletes participating in both track and field events in the various categories.

“Sagicor Foundation is happy to provide a platform to unearth our junior athletes' talent at the grass-roots level. We have seen where some of the children who participate in these championships go on to become Olympic and World champions,” noted Alysia White, head, group marketing, Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Chairman of the JTA National Sports Committee Patrick Graham, meanwhile, noted that plans are in high gear for the staging of the event. He encouraged Jamaicans to come out and give support to the young athletes at the meet.

On the track this year, students will participate in races between 80 and 1,200 metres, while field events will include long jump, high jump, shot put, and cricket ball throw.

Defending champions St Andrew, who last year copped their 19th title with 343.5 points, are looking to reclaim the title.

“We have always been a confident team. All we have to do is look in the mirror; that's our competition right there. We expect a closely contested championships, so if we perform at our optimum over the two days, we will retain our title,” Mabracq Harris, parish co-ordinator, said.

He anticipates that St Andrew athlete Samoya Brown, who won the sprint double at a recent championship, will have an exceptional performance on the weekend. Brown won the 100m in 12.90 seconds, and the 200m in 26.22 seconds at the INSPORTS Primary School Championships.

In 2018, three-time champion St Catherine placed second with 320 points, while Portland placed third with 187 points.

Attendance on the first day of the championships is free to the public, while Saturday, the final day of the meet, will attract an entrance fee of $200 for adults and $100 for children under 12.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon