Torrington top INSPORTS Basic Schools Champs
Torrington Early Childhood Institution gained their first hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Basic School Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.
The new champions upstaged last year's winners, Citizens Advice Bureau-RJR, during the three-day meet which started on Wednesday.
Torrington finished on 178.5 points ahead of Citizens Advice Bureau-RJR on 123. They were followed by Gemglows Kindergarten (93.5), Spanish Town Infant (90), Silverstone Basic (86), Laura's Basic (40.5), Drews Avenue Infant (37), Kids Choice Early Childhood (36), Early Achievers (34) and Lalyce Gray (29.5) in the top nine.
Coach of Torrington Damion McLean was naturally elated that his school won after only competing for the fourth year.
"Well, the feeling is good as, after entering for the fourth year, we won the title. We have been working with them since September," McLean told The Gleaner.
"The best thing for them is the fun. I enjoy working with early-childhood kids. We get them motivated during physical education classes and they follow instructions," he added.
THANKFUL FOR SUPPORT
McLean thanked principal Dawn Anderson, the teachers, parents and the community for their support.
Meanwhile, meet director Anthony Gibbs said that despite the lack of financial support, it was satisfying to see a successful conclusion of the meet.
"We had to pool resources. It was teamwork that made the dream work. We do need the support to continue the programme," Gibbs said.
"We had setbacks as, on the first day, some schools were late and we facilitated them. Hence, we were always behind. We needed participation as it all about fun for the kids. We also had to resort to time trial during the meet," he disclosed.