by Julia Gittens
The Barbados Inter Alumni/Association Athletic Championship is back.
Following its inaugural year in 2012, the championship which is hosted by The Alleyne School Alumni Association comes off this Saturday at the National Stadium and is anticipated to be bigger and better than last year’s event.
The meet was conceptualised to cater to persons mainly in the 20 to 49 age groups who have very few opportunities to compete in track and field and to create a stronger link between the ASAA and the other Alumni/ Old Scholars Associations while helping the latter to forge stronger relationships with their constituents.
This initiative started with a vision of seeing all disciplines being played among the various alumni. The Foundation Old Scholars Association was already hosting a cricket competition, namely the Joel Garner 20/20 competition.
The ASAA decided to take on the task of track and field and what a hurdle it has been. It was a mammoth task and lots of work had to be done. In the end, after all the meetings of the Planning and Marketing Committees; and sending letters soliciting sponsorship (money and equipment, time and kind), the meet became a reality on April 28, 2012, the birthday of the founder of The Alleyne School, Sir John Gay Alleyne.
Despite the rain at the start of the games which caused a delay and having to forego the parade, 184 athletes competed in the various disciplines of 100m, 200m , 400m, standing long jump and broad jump, to name a few.
The Alleyne School emerged the overall champion with 253 points even though the Springer Memorial School won the female category with 164 points and the Coleridge and Parry Secondary School won the male category with 225 points. These schools overall placed second with 246 points and fourth amassing 164 points respectively with St. Leonards Boys/Girls placing third with 188 points. These fought like champions having competitors who participated in the more keenly competed age categories of 20-29 and 30-39. Due to financial constraints no trophy was awarded to these two Alumni. With sponsorship this year trophies will be awarded to the schools with the most points for male and female.
This year the offerings of the age group and various disciplines remain relatively unchanged. However, the triple jump has been included and two fun events, the egg and spoon race and the sack race.
Even though the official closing date has passed late registration is being accepted by calling 436-1487 and submitting the relevant information. Payment of the late fee and collection of numbers can be done at the offices of Success You, Worrell’s House White park Road, St Michael (opposite Trident Wines).
* Julia Gittens is secretary of The Alleyne School Alumni Association.