Opposition spokesperson on Sports Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has congratulated Calabar High School and Holmwood Technical High School on winning the boys and girls' sections, respectively, of the 103rd Inter-secondary Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium last Saturday.
In lauding the schools, Grange said they had "shown the patience, perseverance, and persistence of champions, while their athletes displayed the spirit and commitment which have characterised our sports heroes over the years."
She added: "I think they were both deserving winners based on the level of endurance and the audacity which they displayed in their bids to regain glory. I hope that this tenacity will not be lost on our youth - whether they are athletes or not.
"I must also express my pride in the level of competition and the spirit in which it was conveyed, the quality of the performances, and the number of records which were broken, all of which have left me with tremendous optimism about the future of our track and field activities and the character of ambassadors we are producing to represent our country in sports."
Grange said the 103rd 'Champs' has helped to reassure those of us who are charged with the development of sports in Jamaica, especially track and field, that Jamaica has an exceptional pool of young athletes who can ensure the sustainability of the country's dominance in this area, if we are able to give them the necessary developmental support.
She, however, expressed her disappointment about the number of false-starts.
"It is a problem we must try to limit as much as possible, considering the psychological effect on the athletes and threat to their performances internationally," she concluded.