JC striving for excellence - Reid
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
There were wild celebrations inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the school grounds of Jamaica College (JC) yesterday morning, as students and staff gathered to celebrate their triple success in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) football competitions this season.
The 'Dark Blues' capped off another remarkable season on Saturday, by defeating daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College 1-0 to win the Olivier Shield.
They also won the Manning Cup and LIME Super Cup competitions,
However, they were beaten 3-2 in the final of the Walker Cup KO competition by St George's College.
"We are ecstatic," said Ruel Reid, principal of JC. "I think having achieved the record of being in four finals in one season is a tremendous feat and to have won three of those four trophies is just fantastic," he said.
"It reaffirms our own mantra of JC being a school of champions, we always want to strive for excellence and we always want to be number one in all things," Reid said.
Reid said the players will now turn their attention to examinations - which begin this week.
"For us it is not just about winning football; it's about nurturing in our boys the spirit of excellence that as a school we want to excel at all things," Reid said.
"A lot of these youngsters will be involved in SAT programmes that we have arranged for them so that they can matriculate to universities abroad when they are through with JC," he said. "Those who are doing CAPE and CSEC, we have an extra class programme for them to ensure that they stay focused in their academics."
Continuing, Reid said: "We pride ourselves that they must be regarded as students first and athletes second because we don't want anyone to think that we have students here just to play sports. Like I said before, it must be a holistic programme that demonstrates excellence in all areas, and most important, academics."
Head coach of the football team, Miguel Coley, also lauded the players for their outstanding achievement.
"It was a great performance this season," said Coley. "I think these guys went out there each time, not that they were perfect, but they gave their best effort each time, and that was very important.
"We would have loved to have won all four titles, but the game against St George's was a difficult one. But we recovered strongly, to win the Olivier Shield and that was very pleasing for us," Coley said. "The discipline right throughout was very good and that was one of the things that carried us through this season."