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Jugglers to unleash style at Red Bull finale

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Aaril Anglin juggles the ball with the sole of his sneakers during the national finals of the Red Bull Street Style competition, at Emancipation Park, in January 2010.

Competing for the prestigious prize - an all-expense-paid trip to London - to take part in the international Red Bull World Street Style Championship later this year, 16 of Jamaica's best street style footballers will be looking to outdo each other and gain top prizes and bragging rights this evening.

The exciting and creative event will take place at the Ward Theatre, located at North Parade in Downtown Kingston. Gates will open at 6 p.m., but the competition will kick off at 7 p.m. and run until 10.

Tonight will see will see the quarter-final, semi-final and final being contested by an all-male field of 16.

Aaril Anglin, the 2012 champion, will headline the battle to be crowned Red Bull Street Style champion to represent Jamaica in London. The World Championship will take place in the first week of November.

Meanwhile, the event is free-enter and Red Bull will be offering prizes to top finishers and entertainment to patrons and supporters.

Dancehall artiste Laden will be performing, while upcoming artistes from the Red Bull Culture Clash will also be in attendance.

STEPPING STONE

The event's sports director, Donald Lyew, describes it as a "great opportunity and stepping stone".

"We had brought down two-time World champion Sean Garnier from France. He was here for a four-day workshop with Manning and daCosta Cup players and the Reggae Girlz team, at St George's College and showed the girls how to juggle and do creative things with the ball," he said.

He noted that they would like to raise awareness and get more female 'street stylers' to compete in Jamaica, as is the case with other parts of the world.

"Come out and support the best talents from every nook and cranny of Jamaica and be entertained," he said.