Sunday 28 May, 2017

JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championship set for June 2-3

Mark Chisholm (left), executive vice-president of the individual life division at Sagicor, makes his presentation during Thursday's launch of the 2017 JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championship at the Jamaica Teachers' Association's head office in Kingston.

Mark Chisholm (left), executive vice-president of the individual life division at Sagicor, makes his presentation during Thursday's launch of the 2017 JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championship at the Jamaica Teachers' Association's head office in Kingston.

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and Sagicor Foundation have launched the 34th staging of the JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championship, which will take place at the National Stadium on June 2 and 3.

Over 1200 students from the across the country are expected to participate.

The launch took place at the JTA's head office in Kingston on Thursday.

Sagicor Foundation has retained their role as title sponsor for the championship by contributing over $6 million towards the staging of the event.

Two, five-year secondary level academic scholarships will also be provided through the foundation for the 2017 Champion Boy and Champion Girl. 

Student athletes, ages 6 to 17 years, from over 800 schools will be competing for the title of Parish Champion. 

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

On both days, the championship will start at 10 a.m. and proceed until 5:30 p.m.

According to Mark Chisholm, Executive Vice President, Individual Life Division, “we have seen the many benefits and rewards derived from the championship, for the many children who have come up through the meet. This championship has been the platform for exposing the talent of so many of our athletes, who have gone on to have long and successful careers as track superstars.

"To name a few – the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt, our pocket rocket Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the great Yohan Blake. And the future looks bright with the upcoming stream of superstars, as was evidenced by the recently held Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships. Plus I know we will see several rising stars during the meet on June 2 and 3.”

The parish of St. Andrew has won the Parish Championship title over 18 times, and last year they scored over 359.50 points, coming out as overall winners in the boys and girls' categories, earning 228 points and 138 points respectively.