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Wilson excited for Digicel Grand Prix Final

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

The G.C. Foster Classics/Digicel Grand Prix meet, to be held inside the National Stadium on Saturday, had its launch yesterday at The G.C. Foster College, where representatives from the sponsors, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and Jamaica Olympic Association were in attendance.

Competition director Maurice Wilson expects massive support. The meet will be the culmination of the Digicel Grand Prix series, with the qualifiers from the four regions set for competition, starting at 5:20pm

"We expect great competition, and a large number of athletes are expected. We are planning to have a great meet and some of our elite athletes will also be competing," Wilson said.

Kamal Powell, senior marketing manager of Digicel, said that the Digicel Grand Prix series has grown immensely since its inception three years ago.

"The concept is for development of the athletes and we are doing that. As a sponsor, we are very proud, and the viewership is great, as it is being aired in 27 countries, along with the Tri State area," Powell said.

He also spoke about the entertainment package where the likes of Ding Dong, Chi Ching Ching and Bounty Killer will be involved.

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Secretary Garth Gayle brought greetings from his body.

"It gives us pleasure to sanction this meet as the GC Foster College has played a great role in the development of athletes in the country, and the institution has also produced outstanding coaches, and administrators. I must commend Digicel for its role in sponsoring this meet," he said.

Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell said that he was pleased with the development of track and field in the country.


Support vital


"We must not only celebrate at the end product, but we must ensure that we give support in the early stages and give a lot of credit to the volunteers at the various meets who are now qualified, as they have certificates and diplomas," he said.

Also speaking at the launch yesterday were Sports Development Foundation General Manager Denzil Wilks and MVP Track Club President Bruce James, who will serve as meet director on Saturday.

The opening event at the meet will be the 2000m Steeplechase for girls, starting at 8:30am. That will be followed by the boys' equivalent, ten minutes later. Other events include the 100m, 400m, 200m and all sprint

hurdles races. In the field, there will be the javelin, discus, and shot put events, along with the long, high and triple jump events.

The Grand Prix events are 100m 200m 400m, 800m 4x400m relay, long jump, high jump and the discus.