UWI/UTech clash this Saturday
THIS Saturday, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Bowl will host the UWI/University of Technology (UTech) Sport Championships.
The day will see 300 student athletes competing in seven sport areas, including two new sports.
"This year we have included female football and rugby. These sports were added because of the repeated requests from the teams and we want to bring awareness to both programmes. The other sports are cricket, netball, male football, basketball, and volleyball," explained Rashid Hall, marketing and scholarship officer for the UWI Sports Department.
"We are very grateful for the inclusion of women's football in the championships, because many people do not realise that the university level of football is on par with the national level," said Dwayne Richards, women's football coach at UWI, as he expressed gratitude to the organisers.
"We are developing a reputation across the world. I venture to say that no other universities have the number of Olympic medals that we do. This is definitely a clash of the Titans," said UWI principal Dr Gordon Shirley.
"We hope to see friendly rivalry between the teams and this championships are the right way to start the year," said Laurence Garriques, director of sports at UTech.
The third year of the championships, the aim is to creating awareness between the universities; engender pride and support beyond the high school championships and targeting the involvement of first-year students.
The event is also seen as a precursor to all the other intercollegiate activities this year.
Along with the seven sporting disciplines, there will be a lunch-hour concert, which will feature two performers per campus.
This was added as a way to showcase a synopsis of culture and arts.