JAGA president pleased with All Island Champs
Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) President Nicole Grant-Brown was pleased with the level of competition on display at its All Island Schools Competition last Saturday.
The event, held at the Pembroke Hall Methodist Church Hall, saw competition in introductory levels JAGA 1, JAGA 2, JAGA 3, and the Pre-Competitive level.
“This is the second year of the competition, and we have seen vast improvement and enthusiasm in the competitors. I am quite encouraged and pleased to see the teachers and parents out cheering on their schools,” Grant-Brown said.
Five schools from each category qualified after they participated in the Regional Schools Championships held in November 2018, in Kingston, and March 2019, in Montego Bay, to see who would be crowned the All-Island National School Champions for 2019.
Soraya Brown, Elissa Ennis, and Kellisa McDonald of Sunrise Early Childhood took the kindergarten first-place prize with an all around team score of 82.9, retaining the trophy for the second consecutive year. The team fought hard against St Richards Infant, who were second with 82.2, Laura’s Basic third with 81.5, Bethel Early Childhood fourth, and Stratton Early Childhood fifth.
In the primary division, there were four qualified schools with Half-Way Tree Primary’s Team of Aiyanna Davis, Shauntee Suckham, and Deasia Segree walking away with the primary schools title after their team score of 86.6 placed them above all competitors as they took the title from defending champions Mona Heights Primary, which finished fourth this year. Westmoreland’s Petersfield Primary, on 86.2 points, placed second while St Richard’s Primary scraped through with an 84.4 team score, placing them third in the competition.
Chrysann Daws, Leah-Paige Phillips, and Natalyah White, of newcomers St Theresa Prep, earned a team score of 87.1 to be awarded the Preparatory Championships trophy, dethroning last year’s winners, Paradise Prep, from Westmoreland, which did not qualify this year. Mavisville Prep, 85.8, were second and Vaz Prep was third. Also competing in the category was One Way Prep, which finished fourth, while fifth place went to Harrison Prep.