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Don’t restrict student athletes

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

As a physical education teacher, I have found it rather distasteful for sportsmen to be forced to learn as academics in order to do their sports. They are actually specialists in what they do. Some of our best sportsmen are being stifled by our rigid system.

The schools that have the strongest past students' associations, whether boys or girls, are the schools that are going to be the most successful. They usually get better committed personnel with better infrastructure to move their plants forward.

These students can compete in a very successful team before their days are over, like Tiffany James of Papine High School. When will she ever live to be on a competitive team - a 4x400 good enough to win at Champs? Some students from these schools will never feel the joys of a team environment. Some will be encouraged by a better coaching staff at these high-profile schools. They will be better motivated to perform effectively. They will also be in a better position to get scholarships to recognised universities.

PARIS TAYLOR

paristaylor82@hotmail.com

Portmore, St Catherine