Milo pumps $750,000 into prep/primary swim champs
Nestle/Milo will serve up $750,000 in sponsorship and other incentives at the 19th renewal of an eagerly anticipated Milo Prep/Primary Schools Swimming Championships slated for June 3- 4, at the National Aquatics Centre.
The event was launched at the same venue, yesterday.
The annual championship serves as a major development meet for children not involved in club competitive swimming at the prep and primary school level.
More than 200 swimmers will compete for the honours and prizes this year.
Outstanding national swimmers to have been discovered at the meet include Alia Atkinson, Janelle Atkinson, Brianna Roman, and Marianna Chuck among others.
The sponsors are pledging over $100,000 in prize money for budding young swimmers.
Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) President Handel Lamey has no doubt that outstanding swimmers such as Zaneta Alveranga of St Hugh's Prep who gave the prayer at yesterday, Zacharay Jackson-Blaine from Creative Kids Learning Academy- the vote of thanks and Christanya Shirley of Wolmers Prep, and others will break the 19 records 'once fit and healthy.'
John Sinclair delivered the meet overview yesterday, tipping the event to be one of their "most exciting and competitive."
The reigning champion schools are Wolmers Prep in the boys' category and Immaculate Preparatory for girls.
Excelsior Primary are the champion school in that category.
Meanwhile, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Culture and Sports Florette Blackwood whose son was once a budding swimmer, now a coach, lauded the efforts of Nestle/Milo for being a "good corporate citizen and for their stewardship in the development of the sport of swimming and aquatics."