Laurie Foster | Open up the new tracks to wider community!

first_imgWith the official start of the 2019 local track and field season in early January, comes another synthetic track at the home of one of the major high schools competing for championships honours. The Jamaica College family should be lauded for following Calabar High and Kingston College into this new era where these first-class facilities are made available at this level. Smartly used, this innovation can be of inestimable value to not only the respective institutions, but also to the wider country. Jamaica, despite not enjoying the best of preparation platforms, has occupied an elite position in the world rankings of the sport. This is mainly in the area of the sprints where the McKenleys, Quarries, Otteys et al have led the way and stimulated a chasing pack to follow in their footsteps. The recent call is for athletes in other disciplines to be afforded the opportunity to rule the big stages. These recently constructed tracks, along with the facilities which accompany them, can provide an answer. SHARING RESOURCES That said, it will not be merely the existence of same that will bring about the extension of the athletes’ capabilities. A lot will depend on how much sharing is allowed to take place. For instance, the resident high schools should open up the usage to the wider community. This is not an easy sell as the question of meeting the costs of upkeep will arise. Although it can be a restrictive factor, it should not stand in the way of achieving what should ultimately be the aim, which is to have a positive outcome on the country’s image as a great track and field power. It should be a joint effort and not dependent solely on the schools’ initiative. This is where the Government enters the equation. Hand in hand with the private sector, it should form a partnership with the individual schools to cross that bridge. There should be a highly publicised programme to embrace the surrounding communities and let them feel that they are a part of the way forward. Proper management of the process will be key to the success which is envisaged. The required resources are of endless magnitude but it must be tackled in a way to maximise whatever is put into the project. It should, therefore, be borne in mind that it should not be seen at the end of the day as a waste of time and effort. Another crucial matter should be considered. There should be something of similar lines going on in the rural areas of the country. As the past informs us, this should not be a Kingston city matter alone. Jamaican sport has benefited from performances which had their birth in the countryparts. It would be unwise to ignore that as it is sought to enhance the urban model. It is instructive to note that the rural schools have borne the brunt of producing the best in recent times. It is for them simply a matter of not having the support to replicate the recent infrastructure development in the Kingston area. That, too, should be addressed. It is only a matter of finding the will to further encourage the nation’s chief contributor in this area. Let us go for it. Jamaica will be the ultimate winner. For feedback: email – lauriefoster2012@gmail.com www.facebook.com/lauriefosterlast_img read more

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Cauldron lights for last leg of torch run before SEA Games

first_img400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw SEA Games torch run in Angeles, Pampanga. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANGELES CITY—The Southeast Asian Games vibe was greatly felt during the final leg of the Torch Run Saturday at Bayanihan Park here exactly a week before the biennial meet officially unfurls.Women’s volleyball team member Majoy Baron, two-time Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi and Fil-American artist apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas led the event that saw runners from cities of Angeles and Mabalacat, Pampanga participate.ADVERTISEMENT Apl.de.ap, born in Angeles, Pampanga, took part in the lighting of the cauldron here along with Angeles City mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. and Mabalacat City mayor Crisostomo Garbo. He will also be performing in the Games’ closing ceremony on Dec. 11 at New Clark City. https://t.co/d8XdG4pccq.ap immediately draws a crowd. #SEAGames2019 pic.twitter.com/PurT4Ijj6E— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) November 23, 2019Baron and Alkhaldi also spearheaded the five-kilometer run along M.A. Roxas Highway.The Torch Run kicked off in Davao last month before being staged in Cebu last week.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees LATEST STORIES The one-year countdown was also held at Bayanihan Park last year.The Philippines is hosting the regional show for the fourth time. Its previous staging of the Games was back in 2005 where the country finished on top of the medal standings with 290 medals, 112 of which were gold.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust The cauldron has been lit up here in Angeles for the final leg of the torch run which kicked off in Davao last month before being passed on in Cebu last week. #SEAGames2019 | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/DxWMiVvxkk— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) November 23, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 MOST READ View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study NU Lady Bulldogs sweep another season for 6th straight crownlast_img read more

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