Sport minister announces $500,000 prize for champion school in Junior Champs
Sport Minister Olivia Grange Grange at the Racers Grand Prix launch

KINGSTON, Jamaica— Sport minister Olivia Grange has announced prize money of $500,000 for the school which will emerge as the National Champion at the first- ever Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary Schools Athletics Championships (Boys and Girls ‘Junior Champs’) now underway at the National Stadium and ending on Saturday May 28.

She added that the school which places second will also receive a cash prize of $250,000, third place walking away with $200,000 and fourth to 10th placed schools receiving $100,000 each.

In addition to the cash prize, the minister also announced that the final two days of the championship will be streamed live.

“This whopping prize money for the Junior Champs winning school is not the only historic development as the meet will be streamed live through a partnership between the Ministry and Trackalerts.com which will broadcast the last two days involving all the 40 finals,” she said.

“Never before has the INSPORTS Primary School Champs been streamed live giving people the opportunity to pick up their devices and watch the children perform live. Trackalerts.com has over 200,000 subscribers and we thought it was fitting to give these talented children the chance to be exposed and highlighted. They deserve it,” the minister added.

In addition to the 40 finals, there will be special features including a Mixed Relay race, a ‘Special Olympics’ race and an invitational prep School Class 1 Relay for boys and girls. These will carry no points and so will have no bearing on the points tally.

Lyssons Primary of St Thomas, Greater Portmore Primary of St Catherine and St James’ Corinaldi Primary came out the top schools in Eastern Junior Champs, the Central Junior Champs and the Western Junior Champs respectively, each getting regional prize money of $250,000.

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