A Successful Day 1
The normal pomp and pageantry marked yesterday's official opening of the 15th Biennial Student Track & Field Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad, where 14 teams including team Jamaica are participating.
Addressing the opening session, CUT President Marvin Andall praised the team effort of all units, noting that they were all operating in challenging times, and for them to make it to the meet was commendable.
Trinidad's Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh reminded the participating students that the future of athletics was in their hands.
"You are on the threshold now of moving to being Olympic champions and world champions of the future," he said.
Quoting the late Martin Luther King Jnr he reminded them that, "the longest journey begins with a short single step", and as such he encouraged them to wear their colours well and to represent their territories as past and current Olympians.
Jamaican athletes have so far copped 11 gold, eight silver and one bronze to lead the pack ahead of the host nation after 25 events before rain halted the afternoon activities.
Results from the 15th Biennial CUT GAMES
Guyana Captures First Gold Medal
Claudrice McKoy of Guyans made easy work of the 1200 Meters as she lead the field of thirteen (13) athletes to capture the first gold medal of the two-day event with a time of 3:54.87. In second position was Brittney Campbell of Jamaica (3:57.85), while Aalia Mitchel of Trinidad and Tobago captured bronze (3:58.41).
Delegates attending the inter-sessional Executive Meeting of the Caribbean Union of Teachers used the occassion to reignite the call to urge CXC to compensate teachers who administer and mark SBAs. Member units gave a committment to further the discussion with their respective constituents and governments, with a view to ariving at an amicable resolution to the matter. President of the Babados Secondary Teachers Union, Mary Redman who has been a major campaigner of this cause urged the CUT to press the matter further, as the request to meet with CXC is yet to be honoured. She described it as a mark of disrespect on the part of the CXC, and certainly one that should not be permited to go unnoticed. Redman also shared a resolution which was approved by the members at the last BSTU Annual General Meeting.