Barbados’ top junior athletes were recognized for their outstanding performances during a prize-giving ceremony for the 2018 Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC), hosted this afternoon at the home of defending boys’ champions Christ Church Foundation School.
In the presence of their principals, school peers and sponsors, the athletes were celebrated with prizes that included one pair of track shoes each compliments Laboratory and Sport, along with a voucher each from City of Bridgetown Co-operative Credit Union Limited.
The recipients of the prizes were the most outstanding male and female in each division. Victor and victrix ludorum Jonathan Jones of Harrison College (40) and Mary Fraser of Daryl Jordan (35) scored the highest individual points to run away as king and queen of BSSAC.
Both Jones and Fraser were impressive in what was their final year at the championship competing in the Under-20 Division respectively. Jones was adjudged the best 800m and 5000m runner and also broke the 400m record once belonging to Wilan Louis, a former Foundation athlete.
In addition to the other prizes, Jones and Fraser will each receive a scholarship compliments Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity [BIMAP], one management training course valued between BDS$575 to $675, one development seminar valued at $325 and a two-week summer job attachment at BIMAP inclusive of a stipend.
Prizes also went to Under-17 champion Nathan Crawford-Wallis who scored 26 points to assist Foundation in repeating as double crown champions of the Sol Barbados Esther Maynard zone and retain the boys’ title at the BSSAC final. Lester Vaughan’s Vivica Addison’s 30 points earned her top honours in the girls’ equivalent.
Harrison College dominated the Under-15 category compliments Caleb Massiah with a total of 36 points among the boys and Layla Haynes with 28 points among the females.
Skye Spencer- Layne tallied 31 points in the Under-13 Girls Division for reigning BSSAC double crown champions the St Michael School. Daniel Duncan of Foundation stood out with 30 points among the boys.
Also being recognized were those who performed well in the field events and CARIFTA athlete Rowland Kirton-Browne of Lester Vaughan was named the top female with a great showing in the discus, javelin and shot put while collecting 26 points. Imani Austin of St Leonard’s tallied 29 points having excelled in the shot put, discus and javelin, to go along with a good showing in the high jump.
A total of 13 records were broken overall this year and eight of those fell during the championship final. CARIFTA silver medallist Triston Gibbons of Harrison College shattered two records in the Under-20 Boys shot put (18.68m) and for the discus 57.22m.
CARIFTA bronze medallist Sarah Belle of Foundation became the new record holder in the Under-17 Girls 100m hurdles with a time of 14.01 seconds. Jadan Pearce of St Leonard’s claimed the junior Boys 100m hurdles in 13.99 seconds to ensure his name was written in the BSSAC record book.
The boys of the Alexandra School and Queen’s College girls were adjudged the most outstanding schools for 2018. “Made It Against the Odds” recipients for this year were Tyrike Bailey-Edwards of Alleyne School and Antonio Farrell of the St Michael School.
Among the honorees recognized this year for their outstanding contribution to BSSAC were retired physical education teachers Geoffrey Burke of St George Secondary and Harold Ruck of Graydon Sealy.
Those two were not present but the lone female honoree Wendy Barrow-Smith, was there to receive her award presented for invaluable contribution to track and field in Barbados.