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We will never yield - - KC old boys stand solidly by athletes win, lose, or draw

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer
Aryamanya Rodgers of Kingston College celebrates his record-breaking victory in the 2000m boys open Steeplechase final at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championshipson Thursday with 'Champsy'. Rogers won with a time of 5:49.46.ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Champs 2018 held at The National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday March 22, 2018

A few Kingston College old boys from the class of 1973, have expressed a bit of doubt that the team from North Street, Kingston, will run away with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, which climaxes at the National Stadium today.

The Gleaner was at the institution on Thursday, to witness members from that 1973 graduating class, hand over a cheque to the sum of $1 million to school principal, Dave Myrie, which will go towards refurbishing the Douglas Forrest administrative building.

At least one person feels that the Red Hills Road-based Calabar High School will take the crown for the seventh year in a row, but for the most part, the old boys said that the championships is not only about bagging a title.

 

More than just winning

 

"My prediction is Calabar," Courtland Soares told The Gleaner. "Champs, is not only about winning. Champs is also about representing, and standing for something. That is why the Fortis brand, will always be the one on top, whether we come first, second or third."

Collin Titus declared that whether KC wins, or loses, members from the year group will be staging a celebration tomorrow night.

"We are having a celebration, win lose or draw, at Scotchies or one of those places. We are certainly trying to win. It is my earnest prayer that KC will triumph this year, but if not, we will come back next year with greater determination," he said.

Dr Peter-John Gordon, highlighted that when the championships end, there will be more important things participants can benefit from, other than winning the title.

"KC is an academic institution, with sports as part of the curriculum. The boys learn a lot from sports, but it is not all about sports. They learn from participating, because in sports, you learn how to follow rules, and you learn never to give up. We will support the fellows, win, lose or draw. By no stretch of the imagination are we sore losers."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com