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Save Wolmer's Boys' sports programme

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM


After listening to TVJ Sports, I was very disheartened to hear that the principal of Wolmer's Boys' School, Dr Walton Small, has refused to meet with a group of parents to who wanted to discuss the dismissal of track coach David Riley. Instead, the principal has decided to close the door on mediation, and refuses to dialogue.

This posturing is unfortunate, especially when that is coming from someone in his capacity as a leader. He has surely sent the wrong signal.

Mr Riley has commanded the respect and admiration of the boys whom he has coached, and mentored, and this should not be squandered, especially in a society like ours where good role models are a scarce commodity.

His departure has indeed created a huge void in the track and field community at Wolmer's Boys. There exists an emptiness, and a great sense of loss that is hard to grapple with, since the reason for his dismissal is unclear.

Mr Riley's success as a coach speaks for itself, considering the high-profile athletes who have blossomed under his leadership and brought glory to Wolmer's and Jamaica.

Since the door of mediation was firmly closed in the faces of those parents who wanted dialogue, I am using this opportunity to call on all persons who have a vested interest in preserving the prestigious name of Wolmer's Boys' School.

Those who want to see the con-tinued success of the track programme, and the continued growth and development of our boys, I urge you to step up now, let your voices be heard, and lend your support.

Wolmer's Boys' School needs your input. Over to you, Old Boys' Association.