The Impact Of Eastern Champs

first_imgThe absence of Eastern Championships from the 2016 high school athletics calendar is cause for concern. It comes at a time when teams from that end of the island are on the rise. For teams like Buff Bay High and St Mary High, Eastern Champs might have been a stepping stone to strong performances at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. St Mary High is the last eastern school to win a Champs title, if you discount the win by the boys of St Jago High in 1987, which came in a period when ISSA moved the Spanish Town school from Central Champs to Eastern Champs and back. With athletes of the calibre of schoolgirl Olympian Jackie Pusey and the speedy Doreen Small, St Mary High won Girls’ Champs in 1976 and 1977. Since then, the results of eastern schools at Champs make grim reading. Only Morant Bay High School had made the top ten since 2000, with a seventh-place finish for the boys and their female teammates reaching 10th in 2004. In fact, the alma mater of Olympic medal winners Juliet Cuthbert and Hansle Parchment has been the highest-placed eastern school at Champs more than any other from that region. Besides those top ten finishes, Morant Bay High has ten other top-15 placings in the 2000 – 2015 period. The closest any other eastern school has come to the Championships top ten is the 2013 12th place finish by former giants St Mary High. Concerted action seems to be needed to strengthen athletics in the region. Despite all that, Eastern Champs is well worth saving. Cuthbert and Parchment are only two of a long list of national senior representatives who competed for schools from the East. Rosie Allwood, Nikole Mitchell, Percival Spencer, Lelieth Hodges, Carrie Russell, Wilbert Walker, a 2004 triple Champs gold medallist for Morant Bay, and Javere Bell, all emerged there, with Bell’s 2011 Class One 400 triumph for Seaforth High garnering the last Boys’ Champs gold medal to be taken eastward. Fiona Richards of Buff Bay exemplified her school’s recent rise with a Class Two discus and shot put double at Champs last year. Before her, the last winner from the east was Orethia Powell of Morant Bay in the 2006 Class Four long jump. Fittingly, Buff Bay were the highest-placed eastern school on both sides of the gender fence at Champs in 20th (girls) and 16th (boys). The simultaneous disappearance of Eastern Champs and the long-running Howard Jackson Morant Bay Relays from the 2016 schedule may have been caused by the tight financial environment. Their absence removes opportunities for student athletes to put their talent on show and enjoy an extra-curricular activity with proven benefits of exposure, exercise and tertiary educational possibilities. The sooner Eastern Champs returns, the better. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. GRIM READINGlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 13

first_imgRead also: FIFA World Cup 2018: Action & Drama As La Albiceleste Makes It To The Last SixteenFIFA World Cup 18: Lionel Messi Thanks All His Supporters For Their Sacrifices As La Albiceleste Progresses To The Last Sixteen Advertisement AdvertisementBrazil’s Adriano celebrates after scoring against Ghana, Photo Credits: The HinduGreetings readers. We’re back yet again with FIFA’s edition of today’s “Stats of the Day” feature.Here is an excerpt of the “Stats of the Day”: 1977 – The first-ever World Youth Championship kicks off in Tunisia with two matches played simultaneously. Ten players (Brazil’s Bebeto, Dida, Dunga, Jorginho, Mueller, Taffarel; Spain’s Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez, Carlos Marchena and Argentina’s Diego Maradona) and one coach (Argentina’s Cesar Luis Menotti) have won both a FIFA U-20 World Cup and a FIFA World Cup.1994 – Erwin Sanchez scores in a 3-1 loss to Spain to end Bolivia’s record five-match goal drought after a total of 517 minutes. It remains the longest such series in FIFA World Cup history and includes matches played in the 1930, 1950 and 1994 editions.2006 – By beating Ghana 3-0 in the round of 16, Brazil set an impressive World Cup record of 11 consecutive wins dating back to their win against Turkey on 3 June 2002. Adriano’s strike to make it 2-0 is Brazil’s 200th goal in the competition.To read more click here: FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 13last_img read more