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Smart prizes up for grabs at Digicel Grand Prix

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Kamal Powell

It's all systems go for today's finale of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship set for the National Stadium.

In addition to the top prize of $1 million dollars in gym equipment, student athletes can also expect to be rewarded for their outstanding talent.

The first place winner in the Grand Prix events will receive a Digicel smartphone complete with a data plan, while the second and third place winners will receive internet devices.

Additionally, should any athlete break a meet record, they will receive a $20,000 academic scholarship.

The coaches will not be left out as the head coach from the champion male and female school will be cashing out with a $50,000 cheque.

Like the five regional qualifying meets, the first to third place top boy and girl schools at the GC Foster Classics will be given $250,000, $100,000 and $50,000 in cash respectively.

"Track and field can be a very costly sport, for both students and the schools," said Kamal Powell, Digicel's senior sponsorship and development manager. "We want to encourage those promising students in the sport and help the schools to develop and maintain a strong, well-equipped sports programme. We think that these prizes in the Digicel Grand Prix are very fitting incentives for achieving these goals."

The Digicel Grand Prix will see Jamaica's top high school athletes who qualified from the five regional meets compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m relay, discus and long jump. They will be contested within the GC Foster Classics.