Immaculate pair receives confidence boost at Corporate Area Development Meet


Immaculate pair receives confidence boost at Corporate Area Development Meet

Monday, February 17, 2020

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The Immaculate Conception High School pair of Maja Henry and Mireya Simpson received a timely confidence boost ahead of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships when they finished first and second, respectively, in the Class Three discus on day one of the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet inside National Stadium on Friday.

The Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet forms part of the Digicel Grand Prix Series and features only the schools from the Kingston and St Andrew Area. Kingston College are the defending boys' champions while Excelsior High are the champions for the girls.

Henry won the event with a best throw of 34.91m, while Simpson had a best of 34.53m for second. Victoria Christie of Camperdown High was third with a best of 32.75m.

Henry has moved from obscurity to top spot in the event and could not be happier with her own progress in just one year.

“It makes me feel elated to win the gold medal because I wasn't in the top three last year, so winning this gold medal means that my hard work has paid off,” she said.

The win has also given her a lift with Champs on the horizon, but she is also aware that more work will be required.

“This is like a pre-Champs so now I know what to do at Champs; I feel ready to take on the field at Champs. If I push harder and do my best at Champs, I think I can win the gold medal there as well.”

A smiling Simpson was also pleased with what she and her teammate pulled off at the Corporate Area Development Meet.

“It feels good to know that both myself and my teammate finished first and second here at the Corporate Area Development Meet.”

New to throwing the discus, the silver medallist hopes to learn from the mistakes she made on Friday, even as she enjoys her success.

“I think I will just take the mistakes that I made today and use it to channel my adrenalin for Champs. It's been a learning experience for me today [Friday]. This is my first year throwing, so I am happy with where I am at right now.

“Some of my past meets haven't been as good, so this second place has made me feel better about where I am, leading into Champs.”

Immaculate Head Coach Franz Forde was not surprised by the results of his two throwers.

“I had a feeling it would have happened. They both went out and fought,” he said.

“Their competitors are good but they do feed off each other's energy, and once that happens they will accomplish their objectives,” Forde concluded.

The Immaculate Conception High School track and field programme has grown from strength to strength under the guidance of Forde and his coaching staff in recent years.

— Dwayne Richards

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