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JTA Sagicor meet on at Stadium

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 5:00 AMRobert Bailey

Eight finals will be contested on today's opening day of the 32nd JTA Sagicor National Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

The two-day meet is set the get under way at 10:a.m.

More than 1200 athletes, ages 6-14, from all 14 parishes are down to participate in the championships.

Individual athletes will also compete for the coveted title of Champion Boy and Champion Girl, each to receive trophies and academic scholarships courtesy of Sagicor.

St Catherine are the defending champions and they are expected to receive strong competition from Portland, St Andrew, Kingston, Hanover and Manchester.

Ingrid Card, vice president of group marketing at Sagicor is expecting a very exciting championships.

"It is the only meet at this level that is a national event and I am very excited that kids, no matter where in Jamaica they live, are able to come to the Stadium and show talent which will make them future stars," said Card.

She added that championships has surpassed her company's expectations over the years.

"I think one of the reasons why this meet is so successful is that the kids can compete from a early age," Card said. "I think by the time they get to the stadium, this would have been their third or fourth competition."

The championship has been home to Jamaica's rising stars for several years, with past participants, including Usain Bolt and golden girl Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, among those who have gone on to achieve massive success.

Other athletes who have participated in the JTA Sagicor National Athletics Championships throughout the years include Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart, Nesta Carter and Yohan Blake.