Digicel Grand Prix bigger and better

February 02, 2017
Digicel CEO David Butler (left) shares a discussion with Junelle Bromfield (centre) and Calabar's De'Jour Russell during the Digicel Grand Prix media launch at the Digicel headquarters.

The top performing boy and girl at this year's third staging of the Digicel Grand Prix Championships will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2017 IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas.

This was among a number of new features, which were rolled out by sponsors Digicel during yesterday's press launch, which was held at the company's head office in Downtown, Kingston.

Chief among the changes are that the top two athletes from the eight disciples will advance to the final of the Grand Prix. However, these athletes will not be able to take points from the quarter-finals of the regional meets over into the finale.

The Championships will involve five meets in the Western, Eastern, Central and Corporate Area Championships along with the G.C. Foster Classic.

The events to be contested over the course of the series will be the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m.


Grown tremendously


Digicel's chief executive officer David Butler told STAR Sports that the event has grown tremendously since its first staging in 2015.

"We have seen a remarkable increase in the number of participants since the first year and the series has become well-known not just in Jamaica but right across the Caribbean and in the Tri-State areas, thanks to live and post television broadcast of the championships," said Butler.

The Ministry of Sports through the Social Development Foundation has injected $2 million in this year's event.

The winning school in 2017 will receive $1 million worth of sporting equipment, while record-breaking athletes will also be up for individual scholarships ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 each.

The Grand Prix, gets under way on February 18 with the Western Championships at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay.

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