Athletes from primary schools in St. John took centre stage on Friday in the David Thompson Memorial Athletics Championships held at the grounds of The Lodge School.
Pride of place went to St John Primary which finished with 479 points and defeated Mount Tabor (473) by a mere six points and the third placed Society Primary which finished with 389 points. St Mark’s Primary finished in fourth position on 298 points.
Tyrese Bushell had a significant part to play in St. John’s victory tallying 44 points among the Under-13 athletes and emerging as victor ludorum. St. Mark’s might have finished fourth but had the distinction of producing the victrix ludorum in the very promising Kay Rouse. She scored 48 points after dominating virtually every event in which she entered in the Under-9 age category.
Also performing well on the day were Under-7 athletes Allysa Moore and Kymani Griffith of Mount Tabor copping 32 and 34 points respectively.
Among the Under-9 boys, St. John Primary Dashaun Small was the outstanding athlete.
Society Primary’s Nafeesa Codrington and Rico Newton of St. John Primary were the dominant forces in the Under-11 age group.
Mount Tabor also got a significant contribution from their Under-13 athlete Rashonda Hoyte who proved to be the best in her age group.
Tiandra Holdipp of St. John Primary gave one of the stirring performances of the day when she stormed to victory in the U-13 200 metres.
Among the parents, guardians and other spectators present, was St. John MP and widow of former Prime Minister David Thompson, in whose honour the championships are named, Mara Thompson.††