Hi-Lyte energises Insports Champs
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Energy drink company Hi-Lyte's sponsorship has alleviated all fears that this year's 34th staging of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) All-Age and Junior High Schools' Athletics Championships would not materialise.
The meet will be held over two days - April 19-20 - at the National Stadium, starting at 8 a.m. each day and will feature 1,100 athletes from 26 schools.
Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS, said his association is very grateful to Hi-Lyte for their sponsorship because without them this year's event might not have been possible.
"I am pleased and overwhelmed by the fact that we are able to continue this competition despite adverse conditions that have been affecting us as it relates to funds and some other challenges that have been affecting us internally," said Andrews, during yesterday's press launch at the National Stadium hospitality room.
"This is the first year that we are having any kind of sponsorship and I am very pleased because it tells you that you are doing something right when corporate Jamaica comes on board and support your product," Andrews said.
Rick Martin, sales executive and marketing officer, Hi-Lyte, said his company is delighted to be partnering with INSPORTS as they are committed to the development of sports across the island.
"We have taken an approach to sponsor this championships because we have been sponsoring a number of track meets across the island and so it is just fitting for us to support this meet," said Martin, who did not disclose the monetary value of his company's sponsorship.
"We are also happy to know that we are the first sponsors of this meet and I hope that other sponsor will see it fit to come on board and sponsor this meet because it has produced the likes of Olympians Kerron Stewart and Markino Buckley in the past," Martin pointed out.
Meanwhile, Ransford Spaulding, coach of defending champions John Mills, who are seeking their 18th straight hold on the trophy, said he expects his team to continue their dominance.
"I expect my school to win because we are all very confident and raring to go," said Spaulding.
"However, we are expecting some keen challenges from the likes of Windward Road, Calabar (All-Age) and Central Branch, but at the end of the day I am pretty confident we will come out on top," Spaulding said.