The two schools in question surrounding the poaching of athletes especially those that wrote the common entrance as opted to remain tight-lipped.
Christ Church Foundation School coach Seibert Straughn and coach Gabriel Burnett of the St Michael School are not immediately touching accusations made by one of their colleagues that their schools have been poaching athletes.
Yesterday both secondary schools were singled out by a senior coach at another school for luring good athletes who performed well at the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship from the secondary schools they passed for in an effort to boost their chances of winning the coveted title at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship.
Both schools are the reigning kings and queens of BSSAC and Straughn when contacted said he had to consult with his principal Robert Cumberbatch before speaking on the matter. Meanwhile, Gabriel made it clear that he would respond in due time.
The schools were called out for feeding off schools that were trying to develop their track and field programmes by targetting the few good athletes at the other schools.
“I suspect that in the long run, it will destroy sports because the schools that these good athletes pass for may not have a strong athletics programme, and then you take them and carry them to schools like Foundation School, the St Michael School. Then what will happen, the other weak schools’ programmes will continue to suffer because they don’t have those top athletes from primary school to work with and represent them. Tell me how is that good for track and field when one set keeps doing this nonsense every year while the other schools are made to suffer,” the coach told Barbados TODAY while requesting anonymity to protect the children under his charge.