Organisers promise hot JPS Western Primary Champs

May 18, 2016
Photo by Paul Clarke Albert Ferguson (left) the chief organiser of the Jamaica Public Service-sponsored Western Primary Athletics Championships, accepts the sponsorship cheque from Rasheed Anderson (right) JPS parish manager, T'Shura Gibbs (second left) director JPS western and Jodiann Gordon - business development manager and client relations (JPS).

Western Bureau

Two-time defending champions Howard Cooke will have to contend with eight new schools which will make their debuts at the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Western Primary Athletics Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday, June 11.

The number of entrants in this the eighth renewal has hit 35, according to chief organiser Albert Ferguson.

Howard Cooke are expected to face stiff competition from two-time winners Wakefield Primary and Corinaldi Avenue Primary, and Ferguson is promising an exhilarating day of track and field events.

"The folks need to come out for this. It is going to be a hot day on the track, as champions Howard Cook will be facing strong competition from the likes of Corinaldi Avenue, Wakefield, and of course newcomers Black River Primary, who finished fourth at the National Primary Schools championships," Ferguson said.

Black River Primary are among the debutants, so are Brompton Primary, Bogue Hill Primary, Glendevon Primary, Springfield Primary, Hague Primary, and Mt. Airy Primary from Westmoreland.

Ray Harvey, the keynote speaker, observed that the event continue to inspire many young and talented future stars.

delight spectators

Top performances are expected from Jovel Maduri of Corinaldi Avenue Primary in the 400m, while on the girls' side; Howard Cook's Shaniqua Vassell should delight spectators, having established new personal best times of 12.97 seconds in the 100m and 27.74, in the 200m event at the National Primary Schools Championships.

The championship is regarded as the nurturing ground for future track and field stars from western Jamaica, having already given significant exposure to the likes of St Jago's Shaniel English, formerly of Cove Primary in Hanover, the outstanding St Elizabeth Technical athlete Jauvaney James - Anchovy Primary, Rusea's and Vere Technical's Lamara Distin - Corinaldi Avenue Primary and Devontae Haywood formerly of Wakefield.

The JPS is once again sponsoring the one-day event to the tune of $800,000.

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