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JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championship starts today

Friday, May 25, 2018

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Today the National Stadium comes alive as over 1,000 student athletes from all 14 parishes across the island put their athletic talent on display, as the first of the two days of the JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships gets under way.

The promising young athletes who are as young as six years old, will be putting out their best efforts in various track and field events as they look to rack up points in hopes of walking away with the coveted Parish Champion trophy, as well as vie for the individual Top Boy and Top Girl prizes.

The parishes are prepared for battle with last year's top five competitors in for a fierce battle. Last year St Catherine tallied 304 points to win the championships ahead of 2015 and 2016 champions St Andrew, who finished on 250 points. The top five was rounded out by Portland, 233; St Elizabeth, 202.50, and Kingston, 143.50.

The Championships will be free to the public today, with games getting under way at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

On the second and final day of the meet, entrance fee is $200 for adults and $100 for children under 12.

Sagicor Foundation is the title sponsor for the Championships with a cash sponsorship of $6million; in addition the Foundation also has over 100 volunteers helping with the activation of the event over the two days.

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