Sponsorship woes force Morant Bay Relays cancellation

January 21, 2016
Sashel Brown (left) of Convent of Mercy Academy collects the baton from her team-mate during the 2013 Morant Bay Relays.

Schools in the eastern end of Jamaica have been dealt a big blow as this year's Howard Jackson Morant Bay Relays, which was scheduled for the school ground this Saturday has been cancelled.

This was confirmed yesterday by the school's acting principal institution, Lorveen Bell-Coates.

The meet was used by many eastern teams in their preparation for the Gibson Relays as well as the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys' and Girls' Championships, and it was included among events used as a qualifier for Champs.

"The meet will not be held this year due to lack of sponsorship. We have lost our main sponsors since 2013 and for the past three years most of the burden has been on the institution but we are confident things will return to normal next year as we have identified a group of past students who will be ensuring that things get back to normal," Bell-Coates said.

"We are really disappointed that the meet cannot be held because it was a part of the heritage of Morant Bay and it was the legacy of the late Howard Jackson who started the meet 30 years ago and it was one of the first development meets in the island," she added.

"The school has produced two Olympic medallists and we will be doing our best to ensure that we do not lose this meet," Bell-Coates said.

A year ago, several of the top male and female teams across the island journeyed to the meet because Central Hurdles and Relays was not held as the track at the GC Foster College was under renovation.

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