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New basketball court opened at JC

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 5:00 AMShayne Fairman
From left: Jamaica College (JC) board chairman Michael Bernard, JC old boy Peter Melhado, JC old boy and businessman Patrick Gordon, principal Ruel Reid, and R. Danny Williams, chairman, Jamaica College Foundation, at Thursday’s opening of the Patrick Gordon Basketball Court at the school on Old Hope Road, St Andrew.

Jamaica College (JC) will be hoping to use their newly opened Patrick Gordon Basketball Court to develop talent internally and dominate Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Under-14 to Under-19 competitions in coming seasons.

The official opening ceremony took place on Thursday at the Old Hope Road institution.

The project was funded by old boy and businessman Patrick Gordon, while another old boy, Peter Melhado, was a supporting financial partner.

Principal Ruel Reid was delighted with the new court.

"Our courts were not up to ISSA standards and, therefore, we had to be playing our matches elsewhere. This will provide us with a home advantage in terms of us playing our games on our own courts," he said.

Number one

"JC has a mantra of being champions; we like to be number one in everything, so we are all excited, and when JC boys are excited and motivated, the sky becomes the limit in terms of possibilities," Reid continued.

Reid warned: "Everybody knows anytime JC enter a competition, we enter to win."

Meanwhile, coach Daniel Cunningham is upbeat the new facilities will bring more success.

"We are a powerhouse in basketball, defending champions in the Under-14, third in Under-16, and second in Under-19," he noted.

"Before, we had only one basketball court, and that court was unsafe. We should go into next season as favourites in Under 16, and should be really competitive in the Under-14," he added.

Also in attendance at Thursday's function were Jamaica College board chairman, Michael Bernard and R. Danny Williams, chairman of the Jamaica College Foundation, who delivered the project overview, while Dr Peter Weller spoke on behalf of the Jamaica College Trust.