Bigger, better Digicel Grand Prix expected for 2019

Thursday, February 07, 2019

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Following a string of record-breaking performances last season, the 2019 Digicel Grand Prix is shaping up to become the most competitive to date.

Now in its fifth year, the high school track and field series will once again feature athletes from over 180 schools in urban and rural parishes from February 16 to March 16, 2019. The schools will be competing in four regional meets to be staged across the island (Eastern, Western, Central and Corporate Area Development Meets). Qualifiers from the regional rounds will participate in the Grand Prix Final showdown in a dramatic winner-takes-all format.

Organisers, Sulrickson, have developed new technical and procedural standards that will govern how the meets are conducted. Some of the over 20 enhancements include: clearly established rules and timelines governing meet schedules; establishing eligibility of athletes seven days before an event; seamless communication among teams and officials; minimum standards for publication of event results; and, inclusion of electronic results display boards for field and track events.

Sulrickson's Technical Advisor Bruce James said: “The new standards should have the effect of dealing with any issue with respect to the quality of administering a meet, and we expect that the standard that will be delivered at the meets will be much higher than last year.”

Dubbed the 'Diamond League' of youth athletics, the series will take place across five championship events:

• Western Championship — Saturday, February 16, 2019, at St Elizabeth Technical High School

• Central Championship — Tuesday, February 26 & Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at G C Foster College;

• Eastern Championship — Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the National Stadium

•Corporate Area Development Meet — Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the National Stadium

• Digicel Grand Prix Final/G C Foster Classic — Saturday, March 16, 2019, at G C Foster College.

For fans who will be unable to attend the Championship events, Digicel will use the power of its expanded LTE mobile data network to air the meets live via the PlayGo app. All customers have to do is download the app and select their preferred subscription.

“This championship series is very important to our mission of harnessing the talent of our student-athletes who continue to demonstrate their ability to compete at a higher level. And we are very happy to be able to use our vast LTE network to deliver the ultimate TV streaming experience to fans via their smartphones. With virtually no limits on PlayGo data, fans will always be able to keep up with all of the excitement that the 2019 season will bring,” said Monique McLeod, director of marketing for Digicel.

She added, “We continue to be impressed by the level of effort and dedication that the athletes, coaches and schools overall have put in, in order to claim the prestigious honour of Most Valuable Athlete and top school. Along the way, the Digicel Grand Prix enables positive youth development as competitors learn the value of teamwork, taking responsibility and earning trust.”

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