Athletics

Prize monies for INSPORTS Basic Schools Athletics Championships

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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EIGHTY-FIVE schools have so far entered the 18th staging of the 2018 Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Basic Schools Athletics Championships to be held June 13–15 at the National Stadium, starting at 9:00 am each day.

Minister of Sports Olivia “Babsy” Grange made the announcement at a media launch held inside the National Arena on Friday.

She revealed that 60 basic schools participated last year, and though 85 have been confirmed for at press time, late entries are expected. One school is expected as far away as Westmoreland.

Grange made the point in her address that sport and sport-like activities, both inside and outside of the classroom, provide an important framework for the moral and pro-social development of well-rounded children.

She encouraged track and field enthusiasts to turn up on Wednesday to support the meet.

In spicing up her address, Grange announced that the overall winner of the championship will received $50,000, with second place to get $30,000 and third place, $20,000.

She went on to to say that each of the basic schools that participates will receive $5,000.

Torrington Basic School won the last title in 2016 after dethroning defending champions Citizens Advice Bureau/RJR. But last year heavy persistent rain on the final day brought a premature end with no champion declared.

Other speakers at the function included INSPORTS deputy chairman Newton Amos, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association general secretary Garth Gayle and Tanisha Miller, community relations manager for Early Childhood Commission.

— Gerald Reid

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