Jamaica Observer / The St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) will be hosting the fourth SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 17. It is one of the newest track and field development meets around but promises to be special. The event was launched yesterday at the Knutsford Court Hotel amid great expectations of special performances from the athletes.
Acting principal of STATHS, Yvonne Mamher-Tafari, says she is happy with the growth the meet is experiencing.
“Every successful staging is a milestone and so we indeed are are grateful for the support we have received from all the schools that have participated and all the sponsors who have been with us for the past three years. We welcome the new sponsors who see the value in this event and to all we say, welcome aboard,” she said.
“We want records to be broken this year, but most of all we pride in staging an event that is memorable and displays healthy sportsmanship. As such we want to reflect honour, diligence, service in all that we do. May this continue to be our mantra, as we strive for another successful meet. Wee implore you to come out and be part of what promises to be a fantastic meet,” Mamher-Tafari added.
Chairman of the organising committee Leroy Cooke is promising another spectacular event at the stadium.
“In keeping with tradition, this year the SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational Meet will take place with take place with the same flamboyant spirit as the unique aspect of this meet continues to be the display of courage and skill by the participants,” he noted
There will also be the addition of senior events, thanks to a new partnership with a new track and field group.
“With each passing year the level of competitiveness becomes more intense and stronger as the committee believes that the sky is the limit. The values of teamwork and sportsmanship will resonate in the National Stadium with an energetic vibe, as the SW Isaac Henry Meet will join forces with the Senior Link Up Track and Field Fraternity to combine both events into one big package,” Cooked exaplained.
Two of STATHS outstanding past students Richard “Danny Germs” Austin and Anthony “Uly” Campbell will be the honorees at this year’s staging. Both men represented Jamaica and the school at the game of cricket. Austin went on to represent the West Indies in 1977-1978 where he played under captain Clive Lloyd.
Kayree Berry-Teape, the CEO of Mayberry Foundation, was happy that her company was able to come onboard as a new sponsor .
“What I love about STATHS is that it embraces all facets of learning. I know that this is one of the institutions that can lead our country forward because it is not only about book learning.
We have persons who hold our society from all facets all different types of jobs, all different types of vocations and this is an exemplary institution,” she noted.
The meet will begin at 8:15 am with the running of the 1500m Open for girls and end with the Boys Open 4x400m relays. Some other track events to be contested are the steeplechase, 400m, 400m hurdles, sprint hurdles and 200m. The 4x800m has been returned as an event to the meet.
The long jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin are being offered in the field.
— Dwayne Richards