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Nevis Amateur Athletic Association

(Charlestown, Nevis) – On Wednesday, March 9, Grove Park, Nevis will be rocking with action and excitement the Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Championship takes off.  The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, in collaboration with the Department of Education, stages the biggest single event in Nevis and the highlight of the Sports season, the “Mini-Olympics” of Nevis, sponsored by Gulf Insurance through their local agents A. L. Evelyn Ltd.

This much anticipated meet annually attracts thousands of track and field lovers, school supporters, relatives and friends, flooding Grove Park with colour, excitement and vocal support. The opening ceremony begins at noon and will see dignitaries from Gulf Insurance, Education, Youth and Sports and NAAA.

Everyone will be able to enjoy the March Past of the athletes, lead by the most outstanding athletes and Class Champions of 2007. A cultural presentation will add a special flair to the opening proceedings, followed by the first event at 1 p.m. The meet will be carried live on radio and via the Internet with video, audio and results feeds.

All eight Primary Schools will compete for the Gulf Insurance Champions Trophy, won last year by Charlestown Primary. The Maude Crosse Preparatory, formerly the Charlestown Preparatory, will also be attempting to retain the Division “B” Trophy won last year for the third consecutive time. Awards will be presented immediately after each event with class champions and most outstanding trophies presented at the end of the meet.

All schools will be battling for bragging rights including the Division “A” schools – Gingerland, Charlestown, Ivor Walters and St. Thomas’s, along with the Division “B” schools – St. James, Violet O. J, Nicholls, Maude Crosse Preparatory and St. John’s.  Athletes will also be competing for selection to the Leeward Islands Youth Championships to be held later this year.

Events for the meet will include the 60m, 100m, 200, 400m, 800m, 1500m and the exciting relays 4x100m and 4x400m. Competition will be held in 52 events, featuring over 325 athletes in seven classes, from Kindergarten to Grade Six. Admission for the meet will be $10 for adult and $5 for children.

The general public is asked to note that special Security, Traffic, Parking and Vendor arrangements will be in place for the meet, including entry to Grove Park at the Island Main Road entrance only. Vendors are asked to note that absolutely no bottled drinks will be allowed into the grounds and that vendor tickets must be purchased prior to the event at the Department of Education. All vendors must be at the grounds by 10 a.m.

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