Intercol president promises fun at Champs
It's all systems go for this week's Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium.
That's the word from the president of the Intercollegiate Sports Association, Dalton Myers. Speaking on Monday, Myers says the event is bigger than last year, and expects fans will see Olympians in action when the two-day championships starts on Friday.
Last year's Olympic 4x100m silver medal winner Sashalee Forbes, 2012 Olympic discus thrower and World under-20 400m champion Tiffany James are all down to compete. Myers noted, "This is a big one for the student athletes because the World University Games is coming up and they want to use this as that first port of call to get to the World University Games."
Those Games are set for August in Chinese Taipei.
The Intercol president promises that patrons will have fun.
"We still have the cheerleading competition," he informed, "and the reason for that is that we recognise the importance of not just traditional sports, but certainly cheerleading as a sport and also as entertainment."
In addition, the meet's organising committee is incorporating a party zone inside the Stadium for the first time.
"Cricket has done it and if they can do it, in terms of having a kind of Mound vibes to cricket," he compared. "We too can do it with track and field and just managing that entertainment aspect and the athletics aspect."
Myers believes the athletics, the entertainment and an active promotions programme will attract patrons to the championships.
"The organising committee has been going through and through all the institutions talking to the student athletes, going to the principals just to get them out," he reported, "and I think this year will be the year."
Sixteen institutions have entered this week's event with the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport defending both the men's and women's team titles.