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Ugandan schoolboy joins Kingston College track team

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 4:56 PM
Ari Rodgers

Akino Ming, Star Writer

The Kingston College (KC) principal and coaching staff have refuted claims that the school has recruited a long-distance athlete from Uganda to boost their chances of winning the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association Boys & Girls' Athletics Championships next year.

Middle-distance coach at the institution, Hamil Pagon, told STAR Sports that Ari Rodgers' family heard about KC being the best high school in Jamaica to develop young Rodger's athletic abilities while allowing him to excel in the classroom as well.

"His father happens to know Jamaicans and he wanted the boy in Jamaica because he wanted a better opportunity for him. He did his research and realised that KC was the best school for him because there is a good blend of education and competent track and field coaches," Pagan said.

Pagan said: "We are partially lucky that he chose KC, but part of it is to the credit of the headmaster (Dave Myrie) and the academic staff that our academics are now known worldwide as something good."

He added that it was also a credit to head coach Neil Harrison and rest of the coaching staff that the school's track and field programme is also revered.

Myrie was reluctant to speak to STAR Sports during a visit the school's North Street campus.

Myrie says that THE STAR/Gleaner has never portrayed the school in a positive light.