Athletics

Camperdown Classics set to honour Remaldo Rose

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Former ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships standout track athlete from Camperdown High Remaldo Rose will be honoured by his Alma Mater at the 14th staging of the annual athletics development meet the Camperdown Classics, to be held on Saturday, February 10 at the National Stadium.

This was announced at the launch of the event at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston yesterday.

Rose, who ran the 100m and 200m at “Champs” from 2002 to 2006, held the record in both events at some time during his high school career. In 2004, he broke the Class Two record in both the 100m and 200m, times which were faster than those posted by the Class One winners in both events that year.

By 2006, Rose had become the face of Champs, winning the Class One sprint double while anchoring Camperdown to gold in the 4x100 (record) and 4x400. The Penn Relays was his next stop that year during which Camperdown achieved a similar feat of gold and the record in the 4x100m and gold in the 4x400m.

After struggling with injuries for years as a senior athlete, Rose ended his running career, but remained with track and field where he has served as a coach at the Racers Track Club, under the leadership of Glen Mills for the last five years.

The Camperdown Classics is an event in which most Racers Track Club athletes and other senior athletes usually open their season. The legendary Usain Bolt invariably opened his season there with the 400m.

However, due to the early staging of the Commonwealth Games in April, most senior athletes have already opened their season. The likes of Yohan Blake and Warren Weir are likely to grace the track next week Saturday as they further their preparation for both the World Indoor Championships and the Games in Australia. Having already run the 200m to open his season, Blake is likely to run a “shorter” event as he intensifies his preparations for a shortened season.

Yoland Gyles-Levy, communication and sponsorship manager at GraceKennedy Money Services, who spoke on behalf of the sponsors, acknowledged the role played by the Camperdown Classics in the development of track and field in Jamaica.

“It is because of the role that meets like Camperdown Classics play in the overall development of athletes and the sport of track and field why GraceKennedy and Western Union continue to throw our full support behind these events. It is our ethos, a part of our DNA at GraceKennedy, to support any venture that assists the development of our youth. We embrace the mantra “What is good for GraceKennedy is good for Jamaica and what is good for Jamaica is also good for GraceKennedy.'”

Guest speaker at the event launch, the President of the Jamaica Olympic Association Christopher Samuda, said that the Camperdown Classics was more than just an event, but something that personifies the labour of love shown by the founders Glen Mills and Cynthia Cooke.

“Track and field is about performance, record-breaking performances and medal aspirations. But it is not just about the fulfilment of personal ambition and national pride. It is, more importantly, about legacy-building and inspired places in history where very few have trod and where marks made on the track and field become landmarks, where cornerstones which held emotions and bodies together in competition become milestones of fortitude, of excellence, for present generations and generations yet unborn.

“The Camperdown Classics is not just an event. It is a story being told by Glen (Mills), and Cynthia (Cooke) and workers of Racers, about the principles of competing, the preparedness of body and mind for competition, and the importance of being true to yourself and true to those who have made a commitment for your benefit and the benefit of others.”

The meet is set for an 8:15 am start with the 400m hurdles open for women and set to close at 7:10 pm with the 4x400m open for men.

The events that will be contested on the track are 100m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m and 4x400m for boys and girls and clubs and institutions and Open. In the field, the high jump, long jump and pole vault will be contested.

— Dwayne Richards

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