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JAAA boss expects top performances at U-18 meet

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, says he expects a number of outstanding performances at the two-day Jamaica Under-18 Invitational.

The meet which will be held at the National Stadium, will see junior athletes from Canada, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines competing in several events.

Forty-two Canadians, the largest overseas contingent, are here for the championships.

Dr Blake said the local athletes are looking forward to the championships and he is confident that they will do well.

"I am expecting a very competitive event this weekend because the Canadians have sent down a fairly strong team," said Blake.

"Traditionally we are a step ahead of the Canadians in athletic competitions and so even though our athletes may not be the sharpest and some are just getting back into sharpness, I expect that they will be very competitive," he said.

Dr Blake added: "The important thing is to expose our Under-18 athletes to international competition because with the decline of the World Youth Championships region have to generate their own Under-18 competition and so I see this as an opportunity for Jamaica to step up to the plate to host this competition for the next three years.

The championships is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. each day and will feature competition in the 100m, 400m, 1500m and 3000m; the 100m, 110m and 400 metres hurdles and the full range of jumps and throws.