Gymnasium still needs funding - JAGA
Three months after the arrival of a 60x120ft steel structure at the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) property at Slipe Road in Kingston, the equipment is unused because of lack of funding.
"It has been there since late November, but we can't do anything until the building is erected. We still need approximately $10 million to get the building in place," president of JAGA, Nicole Grant-Brown told The Gleaner yesterday.
"We have not gotten a dollar towards the building, and the steel structure is lying outside wasting. However, we are still pressing on and are very determined," she added.
"The companies that JAGA approached for assistance are already committed to other sports. We are allocated $107,000 per month from the SDF (Sports Development Foundation), but this goes towards our overhead expense," Grant-Brown said.
Meanwhile, a JAGA development team participated in the Carib Fest Gymnastics tournament last Saturday in Ashburn, Virginia in the United States and performed creditably.
BOOST FOR SPORT
"We won the level one and level two team awards, and also several third places and individual awards. This is a boost for the sport. It is our development group that we are preparing for top level competition. We have to maintain a level of performance," the president disclosed.
"Our plan is to sell advertisement spaces at the facility. It is really for the children, especially the ones from the inner city as they are very talented. We are appealing for help," she said.
JAGA will now prepare for the Caribbean Gymnastics Championship to be held in Barbados from April 28-29.
"They will go back to their respective clubs to prepare. We don't have a national facility as yet so we have to work with the clubs," Grant-Brown said.