More participants for INSPORTS’ Primary Champs
With the start of the new school term, preparations are underway for the 37th annual Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary School Athletics Championship to be held from May 10-13 at the National Stadium.
Over 90 primary schools across the island, with the exception of the parishes St Ann, Trelawny, and Westmoreland, are expected to participate.
While last year's championship had close to 4,500 children competing, the state agency expects a six to ten per cent increase in this year's young athletes.
The INSPORTS Primary Championships will be staged across four classes for boys and girls.
Portmore-based Naggo Head Primary, which is coached by Floyd Coke, are the reigning champions, having won for four consecutive years.
Naggo Head, the second most successful team in the history of the competition, behind 10-time champions Waterford, is expected to face stiff competition from last year's runners-up, Southborough Primary, whose Brianna Lyston was Top Girl in last year's competition. Third-place finishers Rousseau Primary will also seek to win the title in the competition.
Black River Primary had the Top Boy last year - Bauwahijgie Nkummrie.
Rudolph Barnes, assistant national sports coordinator, said the championship aligns with their objectives.
"This competition is in keeping with our mandate to improve sports from the grassroots level. Many champions start here and are discovered through this competition," he said.
Barnes further stated that the INSPORTS-run competition prepares athletes for national competition from a young age.
"Our participants are six to 12 years old and are competing at the National Stadium. We host this competition at a national venue so, in this way, our young participants are being primed for competing in increasingly advanced capacities."