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Dunn launches St Mary KO tournament

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMGareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer
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Member of Parliament (MP) for South East St Mary Dr Norman Dunn is seeking to revive sports and also what he describes as the community spirit among residents while engaging youth in various sporting disciplines to showcase their skills.

Dunn, who has given an $850,000 sponsorship to the St Mary knockout football competition, involving 14 teams, said his intention is to create an atmosphere where young people can become engaged in sports.

He said that it is one way to keep them active and engaged, which creates a level of togetherness, instead of allowing them to be lured into illicit activities.

“I want the young people of this constituency to be engaged in activities that can have a positive spin on their lives,” Dunn said. “I am reviving football, cricket, netball, basketball, volleyball, and other sporting disciplines throughout this constituency. The upgrading of the Westmoreland Oval, which was renamed the Annotto Bay MultiPurpose Complex by Sports Minister Olivia Grange, was the start of greater things to come.

“The ground is fitted with night lights, and the facility has so far hosted several football matches at nights, which attracted hundreds of people, who, from all indications, wanted very much to sit and watch football as a part of their entertainment in Annotto Bay. That friendly atmosphere is once again alive and well. Even the police are upbeat about what is happening in the constituency as the young people now have an opportunity to become a sports icon and also to represent their country.”

WELCOME MOVE

St Mary Football Association president James Pearson said that it is a welcome move and timely gesture on the part of the MP, who saw it necessary to sponsor the knockout competition, which is called the Dr Dunn/St Mary Football Association knockout football competition.

“That [sponsorship] figure will cover referees fee, gear for ­respective teams, prize money, and to run the league,” Pearson said. “We were without sponsorship, and the St Mary Football Association is indeed grateful. The upgrading work on the playfield in Annotto Bay is a step in the right direction, and I am expecting great things to happen in terms of our football.”

Since the reopening of the Annotto Bay MultiPurpose Complex and the launch of ­various sporting activities, the Annotto Bay police have reported that there is a significant decrease in ­criminal activity, including ­murder, between February 2019 and February 2020.