Grove Park, Nevis was packed to capacity on Wednesday March 7 for the “Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Championship”.
The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (NAAA), in collaboration with the Department of Education, staged the biggest event in Nevis in recent times with over five thousand spectators enjoying the display of athletic talent by athletes from kindergarden to Grade 6. Eight primary schools competed for the coveted Division “A” & Division “B” trophies, won by Charlestown Primary and Charleston Preparatory Schools respectively
The exciting event, held under the patronage of Ms. Sylvia Powell, a former outstanding sprinter of the Ivor Walter Primary School, saw an extraordinary colourful event starting from the cadet coordinated march past of the athletes, to the Lap of Victory by the Charlestown athletes and their supporters. The opening ceremony saw various dignitaries attending including Mr. Leon Williams, corporate secretary from Gulf Insurance’s head office in Trinidad along with the local representatives, Mr. Arthur Evelyn and Irma Johnson; Hon. Premier and Minister of Education, Mr. Joseph Parry; Mrs. Jennifer Hodge, Principal Education Officer, and others inspect the athletes in their sponsored athletic gears.
At the end of the exciting competition Charlestown Primary won the Division “A” trophy, amassing a total of 257 points with 27 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze medals, while Charlestown Preparatory amassed a total of 85 points with 7 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals winning the Division “B” Trophy, a 3-peat for both schools. Individual awards were presented immediately after each event with trophies presented at the end of the meet.
The medal count and point totals are as follows:
SCHOOL GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL PTS
Charlestown (CPS)27 12 8 47 257
Gingerland (GPS) 10 17 5 32 170
St. Thomas’ (STT) 4 13 17 34 150
Ivor Walters (IWP) 1 5 8 14 88
Charlestown PREP 7 2 3 12 85
St. James (JAM) 5 4 7 16 76
St. John’s (JOHN) 0 1 4 5 33
Violet O. J. Nicholls 0 0 2 2 18
Last year’s joint Victrix Laudorum, Uniqueko Willett of the Charlestown Primary School, repeated as the most outstanding female athlete but was again a joint champion, this time with Tyra Lewis, also of Charlestown Primary School. The male outstanding athlete award is won by Donne Dyer of Charlestown Primary School, with all three champions on 20 points.
Six (6) records were broken and one (1) tied.
Renika Daniel CPS 1:04:81
Tajarie Arthurton GPS 9.13
Donne Dyer CPS 5:01.56
Uniqueko Willett CPS 29.94
Tyra Lewis CPS 28.81
Robert Browne STTP 2:38.31
Ranciato Jeffers JAM 28.12 TIE
The class champions were as follows:
CLASS FEMALES TEAM POINTS MALES TEAM POINTS
1 Martha Nisbett CPS 12 Donne Dyer CPS 12
Kelisha Roberts CPS 12
2 Renika Daniel CPS 16 Ranciato Jeffers JAM 17
Chloe Williams PREP 16
3 Tyra Lewis CPS 20 Saeed Williams CPS 14
4 Uniqueko Willett CPS 20 Rashiem Richardson CPS 12
Dawvin Challenger GPS 12
5 Judene Tyson PREP 18 Jovarnee Somersall GPS 16
6 Tyssen O’Flaharty STTP 12 Tajarie Arthurton GPS 14
7 Keandre Matthew CPS 12 Jalen Smithen CPS 8
Events for the meet included the 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and the exciting relays 4x100m and 4x400m. Competition was held in 54 events, featuring over 325 athletes in seven classes, from Kindergarten to Grade Six.
Athletes also competed for selection to the Leeward Islands Youth Championships to be held later this year for U-11/U-13/U-15 athletes. The meet will be carried live on VON and Choice FM radio stations and via the Internet with video, audio and text feeds. Details of the event are available at the Nevis Athletic Association website at http://groups.msn.com/nevisathletics.
The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, the Department of Education and the competing schools would like to thanks all agencies and individuals who contributed to the success of the meet. We also wish to thank the general public for their outstanding cooperation and support.
All participating schools were sponsored as follows:
Charlestown Primary Iris Foundation & “888” Long Distance
St. Thomas’s St. Kitts – Nevis National Bank
Ivor Walters Clear Harbour
Charlestown Preparatory British American Insurance Co. Ltd.
St. James Oualie Beach Resort
St. John’s Lefco Equipment Rental Construction Co. Ltd
Violet O. J. Nicholls Nisbett Plantation