Sports and safety coordinators honoured

Monday, November 05, 2018

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NAIN, St Elizabeth — JISCO Alpart Jamaica recently honoured nine long-serving sports coordinators of the Alpart Essex Valley Sports Council (EVSC) and one coordinator of the Alpart Home School Street (HSS) Safety Programme during a luncheon at the Alpart Sports Club.

A news release said each individual was recognised for outstanding contribution and dedication in sports development and safety awareness within primary and high schools in JISCO Alpart operating areas.

The Alpart Essex Valley Sports Council, which was founded in 1972 and encompassing ten primary and all-age schools, has been meeting continuously on a monthly basis for the last 46 years.

It has grown to a membership of 25 primary and prep schools, two high schools, and the Manning Child Care Facility. Meetings and competitions even continued during the closure of the bauxite and alumina company during the periods 1985 to 1989 and 2009-2016.

The committee oversees sporting competitions in various disciplines such as football, netball, cricket, and athletics. Past participants of the EVSC programme include Bridgette Foster-Hylton (athletics), Ricardo Powell (West Indies Cricket), and Lovel Palmer (football).

At the awards luncheon, founding member of the sports council, Devon Vassell shared stories of the humble beginnings of the council and the role it has played over nearly half a century in unearthing sporting talent in central Jamaica.

Those recognised at the function were: Omar Robinson (21 years - sports), Andrew Dillon (23 years – sports), Patrick Brown (24 years – sports), Desmond Coke (24 years – sports), Carolyn Linton-Miller (24 years in safety awareness), Patrick Williams (25 years – Sports), Andrew Bent (26 years – sports), Michael Rowe (28 years – sports), James Folkes (30 years – sports) and Devon Vassell (46 years – sports).

Guest speaker, sports administrator, Barry Watson, lauded the Alpart Essex Valley Sports Council for sustaining their work and community service for close to half a century. He also saluted JISCO Alpart Jamaica for being visionaries and main sponsors of sports development, and for their unbroken relationship with the council over the years, especially during the temporary closure of the company.

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