Defending champions West Terrace Primary, which did the double in 2012 will battle against 82 other schools in this year’s 2014 Pine Hill Dairy-sponsored National Primary School Athletic Championships (NAPSAC).
At the NAPSAC launch this morning at the dairy’s Pine, St Michael, headquarters, director of the championships meet Janelle Denny said 82 schools were scheduled to take part in the event with 61 of those already confirming their participation. She added they were confident that by tomorrow’s deadline those outstanding schools would be rushing to sign-up their respective schools.
There are four zones which include the Obadele Thompson, Andrea Blackette, Patsy Callender and Antone Norris zones. Denny said NAPSAC would commence on February 24 to 27 with the first four zones, March 3 would have the final zone, the quarter finals on March 11, semifinals on March 18 and finals on March 25. There would also be one new addition in the Angelica’s High School, a private school, which would be participating for the first time this year in the Obadele Thompson zone.
The director noted because of the reintroduction of the quarter-finals they now had a different advancement system from the zonal to the next stage and within the relays, field events and the individual races with the exception of the 600 and 800 races they were going to have the top four from each zone and then the next 12 fastest times. And in the 600 and 800 metros they would have the top six athletes while the high jump would remain as it was with the top three, plus the next five from each zone.
Assistant chairman for NAPSAC, Richmark Cave, said the Barbados Union of Teachers would continue to partner with the National Sports Council and they were committed to the success of the championships.
Cave made an appeal to all parents to make sure they gave their child or ward their lunches before leaving home because they would not be granting them access to the Stadium to deliver such to their
In addition, Cave said the top athlete from NAPSAC would be selected to go to Trinidad in July to represent Barbados at the CUT games and Barbados would be defending their championship which they won in Jamaica in 2012.
Persons who may be interested in seeing the championship would be able to do so via the NAPSAC website which would have a faster network coverage through first time sponsors Digicel.
Group marketing manager for Banks Holding Limited, Bernard Frost, said they believed children’s development was important especially in the area of sports and they would be looking to partner with NAPSAC in the future.