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

COWEN’S COMMENTS SHOW ‘ARROGANCE’ – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said Brian Cowen’s comments in the media today highlight the cocky and arrogant mentality that marked his and other Fianna Fáil led governments.Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “Brian Cowen’s comments highlight the cocky and arrogant mentality that marked his and other Fianna Fáil led governments.“Sinn Féin and others continually highlighted the weakness of our economy, the folly of an over dependence on the property market and the likelihood of a crash only to be told by Fianna Fáil that we were cribbing and complaining. “Bertie Ahern even went as far as to suggest that ourselves and others who were warning of the dangers facing the economy should just go and kill ourselves.“It is this type of arrogance, typified by Brian Cowen’s failure to listen to anyone who didn’t agree with him, that ultimately meant we had no plan B as we collapsed into crisis.“Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fáil colleagues, including Mícheál Martin, have a lot to answer for. His refusal to apologise to the Irish people shows he has not lost his arrogance.“Unfortunately Fianna Fáil has been replaced by Fine Gael, a party that shares Fianna Fáil’s ideology and is gaining a level of arrogance to compete with its predecessor.”  COWEN’S COMMENTS SHOW ‘ARROGANCE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more