Calabar to get synthetic track
Inter-secondary boys' athletics champions Calabar High School will be the first such institution to receive a synthetic track.
Minister with responsibility for sport in the Office of the Prime Minister, Natalie Neita-Headley, made the announcement while addressing the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) 20th anniversary and long service awards luncheon, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Thursday.
The sports minister said this will form part of the $250-million high school sports infrastructure improvement programme, which will be carried out by the SDF in 24 schools across Jamaica.
She noted that the projects under the programme are expected to be completed during this fiscal year.
"Two years ago when this project was launched, it was inspired by the need to ensure that sporting infrastructure in schools across the country is improved to a level that students can truly grow where they are planted, not just in academics, but also in sports," the minister said.
"Unfortunately, there are no synthetic running tracks installed at any of our high schools, and it is believed that many of the recurrent injuries among our senior athletes occurred on the poor infrastructure on which they trained and competed during their early years," she added.
The minister, according to a Jamaica Information Service release, lauded the SDF for its sterling contribution to the development of sports across the island, noting that the SDF continues to play its part in improving the quality of sports across the island at various levels.
She informed that, at the end of 2014, $1.455 billion was spent on sports infrastructure in Jamaica
"This expenditure has facilitated improved performance of our athletes, camaraderie in the communities and the hosting of regional and international championships," the minister said.