Friday 22 June, 2018

Digicel Grand Prix moves to G C Foster for Central Championships

The 2018 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship moves to G C Foster College on Tuesday for the two-day Central Championships with action on the first day scheduled to begin at 8:30 am.

Edwin Allen and St Jago High won the girls and boys' titles last year and are highly fancied to repeat.

Holmwood Technical,  Hydel High,  Vere Technical and Glenmuir are among the schools, which will challenge the big two - Edwin Allen and St Jago.

There will be cash prizes for the top three schools (boys and girls). First place is guaranteed $250,000, with second getting $100,000 and third place, $50,000. In addition, the Champion Boy and Champion Girl  at the meet will get $25,000 each.

The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is a five-series development meet for high schools, which comprises four regional meets and a Grand Finale - the GC Foster Classics - at the National Stadium on March 10.

Central Championships is the fourth regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix Series, which comprises 10 events,  the 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 4x400m and medley relays, as well as long jump, high jump and discus.

For the Grand Prix Series, athletes are placed in two age categories. For the males (Class 1 athletes compete in one age category, while Class 2 and Class 3 athletes complete in the other age category) and for females (Class 1 and 2 compete in one age category and Class 3 and 4 in the other age category).

This means that only the fastest time in a Grand Prix event in each age category at each of the four regional meets automatically qualify for the Grand Finale. As a result, the four automatic winners in each of the 10 Digicel Grand Prix event from the four regional meets will be joined by the next four best to compete in the Grand Prix Finale.

One again, school teams (boys and girls) will vie for the title of Digicel Grand Prix champion and $1 million each towards gym equipment or development of their school’s training facilities.

There will also be an overall second and third place cash prizes of $500,000 and $200,000 respectively.

Record-breaking athletes at the Grand Prix Finale - the GC Foster Classics at the National Stadium on March 10 - will be rewarded with cash for their schools.

Digicel will pay $25,000 for each championship record and $50,000 for each national junior record.

In addition, Digicel will reward every athlete who qualifies to run at the Grand Prix Finale with $5,000 each for their school. 

This year, with SportsMax as the media production partners for all five meets, event content will be even more accessible for the public through live broadcasts and via the Play Go app for track enthusiasts on the go.