Youth is the time of athleticism; when the human body performs unbelievable feats. This fact could not have been more
forcefully emphasized than Friday afternoon when children from 11 primary and secondary schools convened at the Police Sports Club Ground and competed for honours in the East Georgetown Champion of Champions athletics meet.
Friday’s activities marked the culmination of three days of competitive action starting on Friday October 10 when the cycling events were staged at the National Park. St Winifred Primary carted off the honours after amassing 297 points followed by Queenstown Secondary with 280 points. Tutorial High School completed the podium spots with 247 points while St Joseph’s High School and Mercy Wings Secondary School brought up the rear with 209 and 88 points respectively.
Three days later, on Monday 13 October, the athletes convened at the Colgrain Swimming Pool to compete in the Primary and Secondary School Swimming Championships. Mae’s Primary, Nehemiah Primary and Stella Maris Primary Schools sealed off the podium spots in the Primary Schools category with 74, 22 and 20 points respectively.
Mae’s Secondary returned to take the honours in the Secondary Schools category after scoring 251 points. St Joseph High School scored 158 points while North Georgetown closed off the prestigious podium spots with 133 points.
Children from the Primary Schools then battled for top spots at the Guyana Teachers’ Union Ground, Woolford Avenue, on October 14 and then on October 16 at the GNS Sports Complex. The Sophia Primary School amassed 255 points while Stella Maris scored 227 points; the final podium place went to Redeemer Primary with 200 points.
One day later, on October 15, students from the secondary schools competed in some events at the GTU ground before returning yesterday afternoon to contest for honours on the final day of the competition. Up to press time those results were still being tallied but there were several commendable performances worthy of mention.
Quacy Sampson of the Mercy Wings ran a sterling race in the Boys U-20, 100 meters and clocked a
commendable 10:78secs. Then there were the Henry sisters, Tia and Tamara from Tutorial High School. Both competed in the U-14 category and the former athlete came in first in the 100m, 800m and 400m. She also placed 2nd in the 1500m while Tamara won the 400m, and 1500 meters race while she anchored the medley relay event.
Steven Isaacs is originally from Patarinau, South Rupununi but now attends St Joseph High School. He competes in the U-16 category and excelled in several events; he won the 50m free stroke and back stroke events while placing 3rd in the 5000m race. Isaacs also rode in second in the 5000km cycle race and returned to ride in 3rd in the 1000km race.
There were many other exciting races in cycling, running and swimming but Kaieteur Sport was unable to obtain these results before press time as officials were still engaged in the tallying process. We will attempt to have these results in a subsequent publication.
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