KINGSTON – The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, has placed second at the just concluded 28th staging of the UWI Games in Jamaica.
Cave Hill finished with 92 points, four points behind champions Mona Campus which took top spot at the Games held at the UWI Mona Bowl.
The UWI’s campuses of Cave Hill, Mona, and St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, competed against each other over a 10-day multi-sport championship featuring fierce performances and social integration among the schools.
Mona narrowly secured the title from the defending champions Cave Hill, taking first place in several disciplines including track and field, netball, men’s football, table tennis, men’s volleyball and female basketball.
Cave Hill came out tops in cricket, hockey, female volleyball and tennis.
St. Augustine made their mark with victories in swimming, as well as female football, scoring 64 points overall.
The 2013 edition of the UWI Games was one of the most fiercely contested, as the rivalry between hosts UWI Mona and UWI Cave Hill reached fever-pitch proportions.
Dalton Myers, director of sports, UWI Mona, expressed satisfaction on hosting a successful event.
“It was not without challenges; however, all the team have put out an impressive performance throughout the competition. The results show that the talent in the university community is improving. We broke some previous records and crowned some new champions this year.”
The UWI Games, which originated in the 1960s as the Inter-campus Games, has been ongoing biennially among the three main UWI campuses.
More than winning
“The idea is not just to win, but to have fun and expose athletes to regional rivalry that is not experienced in some sports at the university level,” Myers noted.
Horton Dolphin, head of academy of sports, UWI Cave Hill, says the rivalry served for good competition.
“It has been an amazing 10 days of fun, athleticism and all the other adjectives you can think of. I think the over-400 student-athletes who competed this year experienced good, keen competition and I am sure everyone had a good time … and that is what the UWI Games is all about,” said Dolphin.