Digicel Grand Prix Athletics series starts with Western Championships


February 15, 2017
Junelle Bromfield, last year's winner.
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.

All is set for Saturday's official start of the highly anticipated 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which gets out of the blocks with the Western Championship at Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The five-meet Digicel series has a prize package totalling $15 million in scholarships and prizes for top athletes and their schools. Stephen Smith, Head of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) which is hosting the track and field event, says they are ready.

"We're actually 95 per cent finished. We're on the ball for the start of the series. We're only watching the rain at the eliminations. It's been raining for the past two days, so the only concerns we have is with the weather. It's just to get the eliminations off," he said.

record breakers

Four other meets will follow; the Eastern Championships on February 28, the Anthrick Corporate Area Championships on March 2, Central Championships on March 8, and then the finals, the G.C. Foster Classic, on March 11.

Digicel will provide the winning boys' and girls' schools with a top prize of $1 million, with $500,000 going to each runner-up and $200,000 a piece for the third-placed schools. Coaches of the winning schools will each get $50,000, while record-breakers will earn$25,000-$50,000 in scholarships.

This is the third staging, following the initial run in 2015 and last year when Edwin Allen's girls and St Jago's boys ran away with the top prize.

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