Team Mona win UWI Games 2019 Championship

Team Mona win UWI Games 2019 Championship

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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The Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies were declared the winners of the UWI Games Championship for the 19th time.

The announcement was made at the closing and awards ceremony on May 31.

The 31st staging of the 10-day biennial inter-campus competition started on Thursday, May 23 in Kingston, Jamaica — making it the 12th time the Mona campus was hosting the games.

More than 500 students competed in 10 disciplines — basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, swimming, table tennis, lawn tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Following intense competition among the four campuses, Mona accumulated 106 points, followed by St Augustine with 88 points, Cave Hill with 86 points and the Open Campus with 18 points.

Speaking at the closing and awards ceremony, deputy principal of the Mona Campus and chairman of the local organising committee (LOC) and regional organising committee Professor Ian Boxill said “these games are not simply about sports and winning competitions; these games are about building a spirit associated with the university”.

Professor Boxill also thanked the LOC who, he highlighted, worked hard for more than a year to put the games together. He also made special mention of Dr Dorothy Hudson-Gayle, head of Athletic Development Training at the Mona Academy of Sport, and Athol Hamilton, students services manager for Taylor Hall, for their tremendous contribution to the execution of the games.

At the end of the ceremony, Professor Boxill passed the ceremonial baton to Grace Jackson, head of sports and facilities at the St Augustine Campus, where the UWI Games will be hosted in 2021.

The UWI Games commenced with the opening ceremony and the announcement of the coveted Vice-Chancellor's Sports Awards. Vanessa Bobb, club netball captain of the Cave Hill Campus, won the Sportswoman of the Year Award and Jordan Reynos, national hockey player from the St Augustine Campus, won the Sportsman of the Year Award.

In the 31 years of hosting the UWI Games, formerly the Inter-Campus Games, Cave Hill and St Augustine won the championship five times. On two occasions, Mona and St Augustine tied for the championship – in 1967 when hosted by Mona, and in 1989 when hosted by St Augustine.

The University of the West Indies Inter-Campus Games, now known as the UWI Games, has been and is continuing to be a successfully held biennial friendly competition within the university family. It stands on a legacy which started in the 1960s when in 1965, 40 students from the St Augustine campus journeyed to Mona to participate in the first Inter-Campus Games. During that decade, the games rotated annually among the three main campuses (Cave Hill, Barbados, St Augustine, Trinidad and Mona, Jamaica).

However, Cave Hill joined the games for the first time in 1968. The UWI Open Campus which was established in 2008, did not participate in the UWI Inter-Campus, Games until 2015. A small observer team was sent to the 2013 games held at Mona Campus; the following year, then pro vice-chancellor and principal professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald insisted on Open Campus' participation, and an LOC was formed to make this a reality.

Throughout the years, the UWI has seen two of the main objectives of The UWI Games come to fruition. These include: to help, through friendly and healthy rivalry among the students in sporting activities, to emphasise and strengthen the regional character of the university; and to encourage and motivate sportsmen and sportswomen of the university to aim for excellence in sports.

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