Big kids’ turn to track progress

High school kids now get their chance to shine following the inter-primary championships last week.  

The third Inter-secondary Schools Track and Field Championships are staged next week and youngsters are wrapping up their preparations to run, jump and throw for gold. 

The Islands’ premier high school track and field event expect 300 athletes from eight high schools facing off on Monday and Tuesday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. 

This year, the Ministry of Sports has joined with the Ministry of Education, the Cayman Islands Athletic Association and event sponsors Dart and Maples to make it another sporting highlight. 

“This event serves as an important stepping stone for many of our young athletes. Here they can test their skills, find their strengths and work out their weaknesses on home soil,” said the Minister of Sports Mark Scotland at a press conference with Mary Rodrigues of the Ministry of Education and Dalton Watler, President of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association. 

Scotland added: “The Inter-Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships is truly invaluable as it fosters confidence and develops character, preparing athletes for bigger challenges and we thank the event sponsors for their generous contributions.” 

Minister of Education Rolston Anglin endorses this event. He said: “There is no doubt in my mind that sports at school level 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 thank all the teachers and coaches for supporting this event.” 

Both ministers encourage parents and the general public to attend the free event to help inspire the youth. “This is our students’ chance to shine, and as a community we should be there,” urged Scotland. 

Dalton Watler echoed the sentiment: “This track and field event was designed to give our athletes a chance to participate and shine in front of a home crowd and we encourage people to come out and support them.” 

To date students from John Gray, Clifton Hunter, Triple C, Layman E. Scott, Grace Christian Academy, Cayman Academy, Cayman International School and Wesleyan Christian Academy have been registered to participate.  

 

Admission is free and event times are Monday, 2 April from 9am-3pm and Tuesday, 3 April from 4-9pm. 

Admission is free and event times are Monday, 2 April from 9am-3pm and Tuesday, 3 April from 4-9pm. 

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The Inter-Secondary Schools meet is on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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