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Edwin Allen ready to FLOW at Champs

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Stephen Miller (right), sponsorship manager at FLOW hands over a cheque to Edwin Allen High school principal Everton Walters (left), while track and field coach Michael Dyke shares in the moment during the 'Journey to Champs' event at the school on Tuesday.

Three-time Girls' champions Edwin Allen are in a good position to retain their title at the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships according to Principal Everton Walters.

However, the $200,000, which was presented to the school by telecommunications sponsor FLOW as their Journey to Champs' campaign continued, could not have come at a better time.

"Although we are the champions, we have been struggling to find a way forward to Champs," he explained. "We have had difficulties in terms of carrying out the different things that we are required to do funding Champs, which include food, accommodation, transportation, etc," said Walters.

"Receiving this $200,000 from FLOW is really timely. We appreciate it highly. It is going to help us as we prepare ourselves for Champs this year." Walters added.

The principal said the funds will go towards assisting with accommodation, which will cost the school close to $800,000 to cover the five days of the event which begins on March 15.

COACH PLEASED

Coach Michael Dyke was a happy man after receiving the funds.

"It will definitely help us," Dyke said. "We are strapped for cash, as everyone knows that financing this team from September to now is really costly. This assistance will go a far way in helping us as we continue to prepare for Girls' Championships."

The coach said the three-time winners (2012, 2014, and 2015) are in "pretty good shape and everyone is rearing to go".

The Journey to Champs promotional campaign, which is run by FLOW and GraceKennedy, was well received by the school population.

The students were treated to a stellar performance by popular recording artiste Busy Signal, accompanied by a team of FLOW dancers.

Top class two sprinter Shellece Clarke said that FLOW and Grace's involvement is positive.

"I think it is a pretty good idea coming into the school and presenting such entertainment. We do not see this everyday, and we love it," Clarke offered.

The FLOW Journey to Champs moves on to reigning Boys' Champions, Calabar High, on March 11.