Asafa Powell and MVP cast get going Saturday

Published: Tuesday | January 27, 2009

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Asafa Powell

Former 100m record holder and Olympic gold medallist, Asafa Powell, and his MVP teammates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker and Shericka Williams are set to open their 2009 track season on Saturday at the Queen's/Grace Jackson track meet at Stadium East.

Olive McNaughton, chairperson of the organising committee, made the announcement yesterday at a press conference on the school's grounds at 4 Central Avenue.

"It was eight years ago that the MVP athletes opened their track season with us at this meet, and it is with a sense of great pride that I feel that we played our own small part in the development of the local athletes and Jamaican track and field that was unleashed on the world to such stunning effect in Beijing (China)," said McNaughton.

Over 2,000 athletes from across the island are down to participate in the meet at which veteran journalist Robert 'Bobby' Fray will be honoured, along with Williams and Walker.


Mario Foresythe and Xavier Brown, both of the Racers Track Club, will also be take part in the meet.

The events that are down to contested in both the men's and women's categories are 200m, 400m, 1500m, 4x400m relay, triple jump, long jump and high jump.

Robeth Streete, marketing manager of Lucozade, said her company is committed to assisting with the development of the sport in Jamaica.

"We have been sponsoring this meet from the inception and we are very pleased with the level of development that we have seen because a number of our track and field stars have come out of this meet," said Streete.

"Anything that helps with the development of track and field in Jamaica is significant for Lucozade sports because this is what we are all about - helping to enhance and develop the performance of our athletes," Streete added.

Olympic silver medallist Shericka Williams (centre) speaks to The Queen's School's acting principal, Carole Jackson (left), while Olive McNaughton (second left), chairperson of The Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet, along with Grace Jackson (third left, in background) and some students, looks on following a press conference on the school grounds yesterday. The event signalled the launch of The Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet. - Rudolph Brown/Chief Photographer