Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Following on the heels of Saturday's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/ GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships triumph, principal of Jamaica College, Ruel Reid, is hoping the school can repeat history and go on to dominate for years to come.
After Wolmer's Boys' triumph at the inaugural championships in 1910, JC went on to win three consecutive crowns. Having followed Wolmer's victory last year, Reid is hoping his team will hold on to the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for years to come.
"The reward for good work is more work, because we don't want to just be number one this year, we want to remain number one," said Reid yesterday during a celebratory devotion in the school's auditorium.
"Following history, after Wolmer's had won the first Champs, the next three years were won by JC, but I'm putting on two more years, so the next five years will belong to JC," he said.
emerged the victor
JC, despite trailing Kingston College (KC) by 21 points at the start of the final day of Champs, eventually finished on top, closing on 280 points. KC finished with 269. Calabar High were third on 236, Wolmer's, 139, and Munro, 133, rounded out the top five.
"I'm overwhelmed with this win because it's not that we felt that we had to win or we must win, but we put in a lot of work and instilled in the youngsters a vision of success and that whatever they do they must excel. They are excited and just seeing all of this unfold, especially seeing what we have been through, it's thrilling," Reid added.
Chairman of the school's sports committee, Ian Forbes, was equally elated with the win and paid homage to coach Orville Brown and his support cast.
"We are very pleased and proud of the boys, coach Orville Brown and his entire coaching staff. They put in a lot of hard work and we must also thank the administration for supporting the programme," Forbes said.
"This means a whole lot to the school and also to the progrmme. We have been doing well in sports over the years and we went through a process of transformation. This is another step in that process," he noted.
in high spirits
The team's co-captains, Shaquille Lewis - whose brother Yolando was the last JC captain to lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy in 2000 - and Hugh Lewis, were also in high spirits following the win.
Shaquille, who barely missed out on a medal in the Class One boys shot put and also competed in the discus event, was ecstatic following his team's success.
"Ten long years we have been trying to win this trophy and we have finally managed to do it, we finally lift this, we worked hard for this. Our performance at Gibson Relays was just the half, this is the true result of our efforts," he said.
Hugh, was never in doubt of his team's power and believes this win will lift the spirit around the school.
"We have been saying it all year, Jamaica College is the team to win Champs, and the truth shall set you free and this is definitely the truth. We weren't really worried because we knew how we had planned to manoeuvre around certain situations, and as they happened we reacted to them in a positive manner," said Hugh. "This will really lift the school spirit even higher, trust me, we are extremely happy about this, words can't really explain how I am feeling at this moment."