The National Primary Schools’ Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) committee honoured Barbadian Olympians Freida Nicholls, Ryan Brathwaite and the late Marcia Trotman this morning when the zonal reveal and draw took place this morning at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Over the 20-year history of NAPSAC, participating schools were divided into five zones – Andrea Blackett, Obadele Thompson, Jim Wedderburn, Patsy Callender, Anton Norris – but it will now be eight with the addition of Nicholls, Brathwaite and Trotman.
During the draw attended by the new Minister of Sports and Community Empowerment Charles Griffith, Deputy Chief Education Officer and NAPSAC chairperson Janelle Denny, the names of the schools were pulled and placed into respective zones.
The first NAPSAC event will run from Monday, March 14th to Wednesday, March 23rd with its Get Moving Festival. Then on Tuesday, May 10th to Friday, May 13th the Cross Country Relay will take place.
Nicholls who gave some encouraging words to the athletes present along with Brathwaite and Griffith, has represented Barbados with enthusiasm and therefore earned their accolades to be named among the greats of Barbados’ athletes. From the Olympics to the World Championship, they have all served Barbados well.
As it relates to the schools and how they were placed according to zones going forward:
Andrea Blackett Zone: St. Philip Primary, the Ifill School, St. Martin’s Mangrove Primary, St. Gabriel’s, St. Bartholomew Primary, St. Paul’s Primary, Good Shepherd Primary, Eagle Hall Primary, the LITE School and Sharon Primary.
James Wedderburn Zone: St. Giles Primary, Ignatius Byer Primary, St. Matthew’s Primary, St. Lucy Primary, People’s Cathedral School, St. Stephen’s Primary, St. Luke Academy, St. Christopher Primary, St. Ambrose Primary, Roland Edwards Primary and Christ Church Girls Primary.
Anton Norris Zone: Reynold Weekes Primary, Cuthbert Moore Primary, Hillaby Turner’s Hall Primary, Welches Primary, All Saints Primary, St. Joseph Primary, St. John Primary, Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary, Arthur Smith Primary, Deacons Primary and Erdiston Special School.
Marcia Trotman Zone: Elliot Belgrave Primary, St. Mary’s Primary, Roman Catholic School, Charles F. Broome Primary, Selah Primary, Trinity Academy, St. James Primary, St. Margaret’s Primary and Bay Primary.
Patsy Callender Zone: St. Winifred’s School, West Terrace Primary, St. Silas Primary, St. Alban’s Primary, Mount Tabor Primary, Westbury Primary, George Lamming Primary, Vauxhall Primary, Legacy Preparatory School and Wills Primary.
Obadele Thompson Zone: Hindsbury Primary, Eagles Academy, Milton Lynch Primary, St. Jude’s Primary, Gordon Walters Primary, St. Cyprian’s Boys’ School, Belmont Primary, St. Elizabeth Primary, Bayley’s Primary and Warrens Primary.
Ryan Brathwaite Zone: Lawrence T. Gay Memorial Primary, St. Mark’s Primary, A DaCosta Edwards Primary, Gordon Greenidge Primary, Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary, Ellerton Primary, St. Angela’s School, St. Catherine’s Primary, Half Moon Fort Primary and Blackman and Gollop Primary.
Freida Nicholls Zone: Holy Innocent Primary, Hill Top Preparatory School, Luther Thorne Memorial Primary, Wesley Hall Junior School, Workman’s Primary, Grazettes Primary, St. Bernard’s Primary, St. Lawrence Primary, Hilda Skeene Primary and St. Luke’s Brighton Primary.