Massy joins JAAA family, makes timely donation to qualification series
CEO of Massy Distribution Jamaica Limited Janine Chen (left) speaks with first vice-president of the JAAA Ian Forbes and fourth vice-president of the JAAA Vilma Charlton at the handover of crucial products to be used to keep athletes safe at the qualification series being hosted by the JAAA.(Photo: Dwayne Richards)

Massy Distribution Jamaica Limited became the latest partner of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) on Wednesday when it pledged its support to the ongoing JAAA Qualification Trials series.

The Qualification Series is being staged by the JAAA to provide both senior and junior athletes with the opportunity to secure important qualification standards for local and international meets that will be held later this year.

Massy made a $500,000 donation of goods and supplies that are essential to making and keeping the environment safe at the various locations where the meets are being held on the weekends.

With the meets taking place at up to six venues each Saturday, the resources of the JAAA have been stretched thin as they ensure that all the safety protocols are being enforced, so these donations come at the perfect time for the JAAA.

The products that were donated by Massy include face masks and hand sanitisers, which will provide protection for the athletes and all other personnel involved in the staging of the meets.

CEO of Massy Distribution Jamaica Limited Janine Chen was delighted that her company is partnering with the JAAA and stressed the importance of track and field to both the athletes and the country.

“On behalf of Massy Distribution Jamaica Limited we are very pleased to be partnering with the JAAA in this initiative of keeping our athletes safe at the upcoming meets.

“Track and field is the lifeblood of every Jamaican, it runs through all of our DNA and we are very, very happy that our athletes are getting the opportunity to participate in these meets,” she said.

Chen was pleased that the athletes who have spent a year without competitive action are now able to test themselves.

“They have been training endlessly in their own way in this new normal and it is important for them to have a feel for where they are in respect to hitting their milestones. Let's continue to keep our athletes and all of Jamaica safe,” she noted.

Ian Forbes, first vice-president of the JAAA, thanked Massy for coming onboard with the essential products for what he described as a “major project”.

“On behalf of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, I would like to say a big thank you to Massy Distributors for providing these items which will go a far way in making the environment much safer and healthier for all our stakeholders at these qualification trials.

“We are very thankful for the partnership and this timely donation to this major project,” Forbes said.

Part three of the series takes place this weekend which will see the seniors competing for a second time at National Stadium, while other venues such as Jamaica College, GC Foster College, Calabar High and Excelsior High will continue to host the junior athletes.

— Dwayne Richards

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