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Grange 'impressed' with Champs winners

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Opposition spokesperson on Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, says she is very impressed with the achievements of both Calabar and Edwin high schools at the annual Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium this year.

 Opposition spokesperson on Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, says she is very impressed with the achievements of both Calabar and Edwin high schools at the annual Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium this year.

On its centenary occasion, Calabar High won the boys' category for the 22nd time with 287.50 points, finishing ahead of Kingston College, 265, and 2011 winners Jamaica College, 222.50.

Edwin Allen won for the first time, registering a mammoth victory with 365 points, well ahead of Holmwood Technical, 234, who had won the competition for nine consecutive years.

Grange said that praises cannot be too much for Calabar, who showed grit and determination in ensuring that they won the boys' section this year to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

"We must shower praises and encouragement on young Jamaicans who exhibit that kind of fighting spirit in achieving these high standards, as they celebrate their important milestones," Grange said.

"And with that victory coming just days after winning the Schools' Challenge Quiz, it shows exactly what our educational system should be all about: producing both sports and academic stars in equal abundance. I was really impressed with their achievements," she observed.

Grange said that Edwin Allen's accomplishment in winning the girls' section was equally impressive, as they were able to put behind them last year's disappointment of losing to Holmwood, and rise to the occasion this year "in a spectacular performance which must have stunned their competitors".

"I hope their fortitude will be an example to our young women, both on the track and in the classrooms, that there is always a way whenever there is the will," she added.

The former minister of youth, sports and culture also offered words of encouragement to last year's champion schools, Holmwood and Jamaica College.