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Organisers promise top class Camperdown Classic

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 2:00 AMShayne Fairman
Recording artiste and brand ambassador for the Camperdown Classic, Agent Sasco (right), Paula Barclay (centre), general manager at First Global Bank, and Dr Peter Ruddock, president of the Camperdown Alumni Association, pose in front of specially branded credit card mock up during the media launch for the Camperdown Classic at The Pegasus hotel yesterday.

Cynthia Cooke, committee chairperson for the Camperdown Classic, remains confident this year's 13th renewal of the meet will present top-quality competition for junior and senior athletes, while remaining true to helping the development of Jamaica's track and field.

The event will take place on February 11 at the National Stadium with competition set to begin at 8:30 a.m.; with the organisers indicating schools will be restricted to three events in the hope of completing the final by 6:55 p.m.

A total of 40 high school events are listed, while 10 will be open to men and women from clubs and institutions.

Patrons will be asked to pay $500 to attend, while the closing date for entries is February 8.

"Camperdown Classic started off as top quality, so it would take an extraordinary happening to bring us down. We try our very best, and (we hope) our performance will say everything," Cooke, a former Camperdown principal and a co-founder of the meet told The Gleaner at yesterday's launch, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

 

ELECTRONIC TIMING SYSTEM

 

Cooke noted that the organisers are again hoping to utilise an official electronic timing system and pointed out that several athletes from the Racers Track Club, which is headed by Glen Mills, who also played a leading role in the creation of the meet, should be making their season debut at the meet.

Mills was actually in charge of Camperdown's sports programme during the '70s and '80s.

With Racers' biggest athlete, Usain Bolt currently in Australia ahead of the inaugural Nitro Athletics series, other possible appearances are Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Annsert Whyte, Jevaughn Minzie and Michael Frater.

"Bolt wanted to be here but will have engagement in Australia," she said.

Commonwealth Games 200m gold medallist Rasheed Dwyer is expected to compete at the meet this year.

Meanwhile, dancehall artiste Agent Sasco, who was a part of the East Kingston institution's class of 1998, was also unveiled as the new brand ambassador for the meet at yesterday's launch event.

"I am very happy to be the brand ambassador of the Camperdown Classic, although I can't run," joked the popular recording artiste.

Boys track team captain, Joshua Smikle, who gave the vote of thanks, says he is confident he can help lead Camperdown to a top 20 finish at this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship.