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UTech hosts conference on sport sciences today

Published:Friday | April 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
David Riley

The University of Technology (UTech) will host its fifth annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences, slated for inside Lecture Theatre Four at 8:30 a.m. today.

The theme is 'Taking a Scientific Approach towards Sport Development and Athletic Performance'.

Registration time is 8 a.m. and an official opening ceremony will commence 8:30, with the event scheduled to climax 3:50 p.m. The conference is being held ahead of tomorrow's eighth annual UTech Track and Field Classic at the National Stadium.

Today's proceedings will include presentations from UTech lecturers and sports persons while David Riley - founder of Technique Lab - will engage in a question and answer segment.

World renowned massage therapist Errol Lynch from the United Kingdom will do a special presentation.

Lynch has worked with international football star Robin Van Persie of Holland and Manchester United. He is now working with Jamaica's double Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake.

Another noted speaker will be Nigel B Linton, founder of the Diamond project in Anguilla.

Andre Waugh, lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Sport, believes the conference will help take a look at the processes that bring sustained success to the island.

"We are demonstrating, and not just using words with a conference like this," he explained.

"A conference like this costs a lot to put on, but we see it as an investment in not only the image of the University, but also in Jamaica's sports," Waugh told The Gleaner.

"When we (UTech) started MVP-UTech collaboration here, many persons thought that it was impossible to do what we are now doing.

"And we are now seeing the emergence of several other clubs and several other Universities who have bought into the idea," he concluded.

Professor Colin Gyles, UTech's deputy president, lauded his institution for taking a scientific approach towards excelling in sports, on and off the field.

"I urge members of the public and members of the UTech community to support both events, and I just want to say, in doing so, we (Jamaicans) are supporting national development," Gyles said on Wednesday's press launch, at Lillian's Restaurant-UTech.

Students with ID will pay $500 to enter tomorrow's meet, while the regular entrance fee is $1000. Only the grandstand will be opened.