25 Schools to Get Hurdles

Olivia Grange KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that her ministry will be providing hurdles equipment to schools in a bid to increase participation in hurdling events and build proficiency in the discipline.

Grange, who made the announcement at a ceremony to reopen the Stadium East Track at Independence Park Complex yesterday, said 25 schools are to benefit in the pilot phase of the initiative being funded by the Sports Development Foundation at a cost of $12.6 million.

She credited the Board of Directors at the Sport Development Foundation for coming up with the idea.

“The Board of the SDF in preparing its development plan identified a problem – the performance of our athletes in the hurdles is outstanding but participation is not widespread – Jamaica is excelling in the hurdles at the international level, yet only a minority of our schools participate in the discipline at Champs. The conclusion was that if the pool were wider then we could be even more dominant,” Grange said.

Each school will receive 20 hurdles. The schools include:

Mount Alvernia High School

Merlene Ottey High School

Ewarton High School

Green Island High School

Claude McKay High School

Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha

Christiana High School

Rhodes Hall High School

Gaynstead High School

Herbert Morrison Technical High School

Edith Dalton James High School

Spalding High School

St Andrew Technical High School

Petersfield High School

St James High School

Immaculate Conception High School

Merl Grove High School

Buff Bay High School

Mona High School

Morant Bay High School

Charlemont High School

Holmwood Technical High School

Waterford High School

Jonathan Grant High School

New Forest High School

Source: Jamaica Observer

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