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Flow powers confident KC at Champs tour

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AMShayne Fairman
Whitney Fennell (right), FLOW's retail sales director for Jamaica, hands over a cheque to Kingston College coach Neil Harrison during yesterday's Journey to Champs stop at Kingston College.

Coach Neil Harrison's confidence was clear: "We are ready. We were born ready."

That's the message he is sending as it relates to his Kingston College (KC) charges' readiness for the fast-approaching ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships.

Harrison was speaking at an entertaining Journey to Champs stop in which telecommunications and cable company FLOW boosted KC's coffers with $200,000 towards their sports development and sports programme at the institution's Elleston Road Campus, which houses grades seven to nine, yesterday.

Over the past three weeks, FLOW has stopped by three schools - Jamaica College, Hydel, and now, KC.

The next stops for the FLOW Champs tour are Girls' champions', Edwin Allen High, next Tuesday, and Boys' champions, Calabar, on March 11.

The championships' title sponsor, GraceKennedy, was also on hand to distribute gift bags, refreshment, prizes and nutritional advice to the students.

The exciting day included entertainer Bugle releasing a number of hits from his catalogue. There were entertaining dancing battles and lyrical battles between students and FLOW dancers, while former KC students Elli the Viner and Prince Pine entertained and chanted the school's motto to much jubilation.

FLOW's Whitney Fennell, who is in charge of retail sales, who himself is a Fortis old boy, rallied his former school ahead of Champs.

"FLOW believes that the future of this country rests with young people, and we will all be supporting our youngsters, so we will always power our footballers and our athletes in whatever sport they choose," Fennell outlined.

Meanwhile, dean of discipline of the North Street campus Ainsworth Walker jolted the crowd with: "KC, KC, KC ... Fortis forever!"

"I think we are prepared to win Champs, barring injuries. We only have one serious injury in the Class One with Chadwick Brown, and hopefully, he will recover," Walker told The Gleaner in an interview.

"We stand a great chance; they (athletes) just need to be consistent in their training and be advised about their physical and mental state, and once they find a twitch, they should take it serious," he continued.

Ironically, GraceKennedy's digital media officer, Dwayne Extol, who helped to dethrone KC of the championships at Wolmer's Boys in 2010, said: "Calabar by far looks impressive all season, JC are dark horses, as they are well-rounded and look a strong unit this year," Extol pointed out.