'I fly to Jamaica just for Champs'

April 01, 2017
Adrian Campbell is sandwiched by Saqukine Cameron and Onessa Patten in the 2014 file photo.
Edwin Allen students and residents of Frankfield, Clarendon, participate in the school's parade through the town after its Girls' Champs win in 2012.
Adrian Campbell one of Edwin Allen's most loyal supporters.
Adrian Campbell one of Edwin Allen's most loyal supporters.
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Adrian Campbell attended his first Champs in 1996 while he was in primary school, and since then, he has religiously made the trek through the turnstiles at the National Stadium, to the stands to soak in all the action.

The Edwin Allen High School past student said that he has grown so attached to Champs that although he has migrated to the US, it would take something detrimental for him to miss Champs.

"It is an emotional connection. I come down ever year for this because it is part of my bloodstream. It flows through me," Campbell said.

Despite his love for Champs, and claiming to be an athlete, Campbell never competed at Champs. He blames that misfortune on injury.

"I competed at Central Champs, where I won gold, but unfortunately, I never did anything at Champs. After winning at Central Champs, I got injured," he said.

 

Lack of success

 

Campbell's support for the defending girls' champions never waned, despite their lack of success for many years.

"I used to wait until I was tired just to see an Edwin Allen High schoolgirl make a final at Champs. Now we are appearing in so many finals," he said.

Campbell said Champs is the number one secondary school competition in the world.

"I use the Penn Relays to compare. This is way better than the Penn Relays. In the US, the Penn Relays is the premier meet where high schools compete," he said.

However, he feels that more facilities must be developed for the young athletes to hone their skills.

"We need more sporting facilities all over the island. We need more grass fields or Chevron (all-weather track) if they can afford it because the talent is here, we just need the resources to maximise on the talent."

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