Sunday 22 September, 2019

JTA/Sagicor National Athletic Championships set for May 24-25

Head of Group Marketing, Sagicor Group Jamaica, Alysia White (2nd left), and President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Dr. Garth Anderson (centre, back row), share a moment with student athletes, posing with a symbolic cheque from the Sagicor Foundation, at the press launch of the 36th JTA/Sagicor National Athletic Championships. The launch was held on Tuesday, April 30, at the JTA's head office in Kingston.

Head of Group Marketing, Sagicor Group Jamaica, Alysia White (2nd left), and President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Dr. Garth Anderson (centre, back row), share a moment with student athletes, posing with a symbolic cheque from the Sagicor Foundation, at the press launch of the 36th JTA/Sagicor National Athletic Championships. The launch was held on Tuesday, April 30, at the JTA's head office in Kingston.

The 36th annual Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Athletic Championships will take place on May 24 and 25 at the National Stadium in Kingston.

This was disclosed during the launch at the JTA's head office in Kingston on Tuesday, April 30.

Over 1000 young, student-athletes, representing the 14 parishes, will compete over the two days.

 Last year St Andrew was crowned Parish Champion, while Dushawn Grant of that parish and Ramoya Thompson of St. Thomas were named Champion Boy and Champion Girl respectively.

As in previous years, attendance on the first day remains free to the public while Saturday, the final day will attract an entrance fee of $200 for adults and $100 for children under 12.  

Title sponsor, Sagicor Foundation will be contributing $6.5 million towards the overall execution of the championships. In addition, Sagicor will be providing one-time educational grants to the champion male and female athletes from each parish, totalling $1.3 million.

Sagicor will also continue its annual contribution of educational scholarships to the overall champion boy and girl from the meet to cover their secondary education for up to five years.

Willard Brown, Executive Vice President & Actuary, Employee Benefits Division, Sagicor Life, reiterated Sagicor’s commitment to the championships, noting that the event represents a great opportunity for the development of youth sports.  

“The programme has undoubtedly impacted the lives of many of Jamaica’s finest and set them on a path for excellence. It has been one of the earliest platforms for exposing the talent of athletes who have gone on to bring recognition and glory to our small island on the global stage”, Brown said.

He also highlighted some of the benefits of sport and physical activities on the young stars, “Sport remains one of the best opportunities to fortify our youths with critical life skills such as team work, stress tolerance, and discipline while sharpening their problem-solving skills and brain development”, he noted.

President of the JTA, Dr. Garth Anderson, underscored the importance of the meet to changing lives and impacting the upliftment of communities.

Anderson said, “the meet helps a number of our young people to realise their dreams and to fulfil their passion. Sports is a lucrative business and our athletes are finding their lifelong careers in the field. So, for us, it’s really a nurturing ground in helping our young people to find themselves and to uplift themselves from poverty and to uplift their family and communities."

 

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