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JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships 2019 parish profile

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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The Jamaica Teachers' Association/Sagicor National Athletics Championships is set to take place over two days on May 24 and 25 at National Stadium, where over 1,000 student athletes will showcase their talent in track and field to vie for the coveted parish champion title.

After the meet a champion boy and champion girl will be named. Highlighted below are parish profiles for St Thomas, Kingston, Manchester, St Catherine and St James.

Parish: St Thomas

Boys registered: 48

Girls registered: 46

2018 result: 6th position with 170.5 points

Prospective points earner boy: U15 Chavez Penn, U13 Dontae Watson

Prospective points earner girl: U15 Lennita Douglas, U9 Adrianna Harris

Colour: White

Coordinator: Andre Thomas

Quote from coordinator: Preparation is going fairly well, but still not where I would want it to be. It is a very balanced team that will be very competitive, with the strength being in the U15 age group for both boys and girls.

Parish profile – Kingston

Boys registered: 45

Girls registered: 45

2018 result: 10th place with 65.5 points

Prospective points earner boy: Omeco Henclewood U9, Zaheel Wallace U11

Prospective points earner girl: Nickayla Clarke, U11

Colour: Black

Coordinator: Lloyd Bembridge

Quote from coordinator: We have had run-offs to select a provisional squad of 99 athletes, from which we will trim to 90 to represent at the championships. We have a balanced team and expect the younger athletes in the U9 and U11 classes to score heavily.

Parish profile – Manchester

Boys registered: 40

Girls registered: 40

2018 result: 5th place

Prospective points earner boy: Charick Robinson U15, Joran Collins U13

Prospective points earner girl: Trishawna Parks and Akalia Brown, both U13

Colour: Yellow

Coordinator: Lavern Raynor Jones

Quote from coordinator: As a parish we are having good training sessions and our athletes are responding well and we expect this to help to improve on last year's showing with our strength being on the track.

Parish profile – St Catherine

Boys registered: 45

Girls registered: 45

2018 result: 2nd – 320 points

Prospective points earner boy: U11 Byron Walker, U13 Khamani Gordon

Prospective points earner girl: U13 Cheyenne Bennett, U15 Rechann Walker

Colour: Red

Coordinator: Gerald Morgan – degree in phys ed, teacher at Charlemont High, first year as coordinator

Quote from coordinator: I have great expectations this year with a well-rounded team in all areas, and [we] expect to be very competitive on the track and in the field. If we perform to expectations, we will regain the championship we won in 2017.

Parish profile – St James

Boys registered: 36

Girls registered: 44

2018 result: 13th with 34 points

Prospective points earner boy: Jaheim Saunders and Rojan Smythe

Prospective points earner girl: Shamonique Hazel and Amelia Montague

Colour: Blue

Coordinator: Suzette Virgo

Quote from coordinator: We are having challenges in our preparation because of ZOSO. I am expecting the team to do exceptionally well in the Under-13 age group, especially in the jumps.


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