Sports boss makes changes to school meet

| 29/03/2011

(CNS): Some 300 athletes from ten local high schools will be facing off on the track and in the field this year at the Interscholastic Track and Field Meet. The meet takes place in two weeks time and Cayman’s future athletic stars are currently preparing to be the fastest and strongest in their specific events and the anticipated fierce competition. Director of Sports Collin Anglin has revealed that there are a few changes this year, including the fact that the event takes place after the schools own in-house meets, allowing them to select the athletes currently at the top of their game to represent them in the national contest, which will go across two days for the first time.

“We took onboard some of the feedback received from athletes and coaches and decided to make a few modifications,” said Anglin. “The biggest improvement, I believe, is the fact that this year the meet will be held over two days instead of just one. By allocating sufficient time for all, we hope that this adjustment will result in a less rushed and more focused event,” he explained.

In addition to creating a better event for the athletes, organisers are also aiming to energise officials and supporters.

“This year we have made a concerted effort to recruit student volunteers to help administer the competition. They will work alongside qualified track and field officials, gaining valuable experience. Supporters are also expected to turn out in larger numbers, creating what we hope will be an electrifying atmosphere,” Anglin said.

Sports Minister Mark Scotland said participation in such an event was invaluable for the young athletes.
“There is no doubt in my mind that it is an important ingredient in a child’s educational experience. As such I encourage all students, whether athletes or supporters, to attend both days of competition. I also want to encourage parents and the wider community to come out and support the athletes,” he said.

Students from John Gray, Clifton Hunter, Triple C, St Ignatius, Cayman Prep, Cayman Brac, Grace Christian Academy, Cayman Academy, Cayman International School and Wesleyan Christian Academy will participate in the meet which is set for Thursday, 7 and Friday, 8 April.

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