Naggo Head, St Benedict's set for another showdown
Yon Jones, Gleaner Writer
The country's top young athletes will get an opportunity to showcase their talent when the 30th staging of the INSPORTS/Swizzzle Primary Schools Athletics Championship start today at the National Stadium, at 10 a.m.
The championship was originally slated to start yesterday, but was pushed back due to islandwide strike action by teachers. The meet will now run from today through to Saturday and will see a record 69 primary schools competing in 36 events. The athletes will be separated into four classes: under-8, under-10, under-11 and under-12.
Naggo Head from St Catherine are the defending champions, having won last time with a combined score of 208.50 points to dethrone St Benedict's, 202. New Providence ended third with 127 points.
The championship could be fought out once more by teams coached by two brothers, Flloyd Coke of Naggo Head and Karl Coke of St. Benedict's.
Flloyd said: "We are ready as ready can be, we don't have any injury concerns that will prevent us from doing our best tomorrow," said Coke. "It is not going to be as close as last year; it was so close last year because we had a number of mishaps."
"This year is going to be close based on the development meets that took place. We realise that there are a lot of other schools out there gunning for the title," said Coke. "Waterford look very good to challenge for the title and New Providence are also looking very good."
The boys long jump open will be the first event, followed by the 4x100 metres relay for boys and girls in classes one to four, girls 800m sprint medley Open, boys 800m sprint medley Open, Girls 800m Open, Boys 800m Open and the 4x200m for boys and girls.