Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship is Bigger and Better
Kingston, Jamaica – Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Total communications and entertainment service provider, Digicel, has launched the second staging of its Grand Prix Athletics Championship. The track and field showdown will see high schools across the island compete in 7 events across 6 development meets for millions in cash and prizes.
Following its inaugural hosting in 2015 when St. Elizabeth Technical High School and Edwin Allen High School were crowned male and female champions respectively, the company has made several improvements to the upcoming series to run from February 6-20.
“This year our athletes will be competing for over 16 million dollars in cash and prizes. The rewards include a grand prize of 1 million dollars’ worth of gym equipment to the top male and female school and over 1.2 million dollars up for grabs in academic scholarships”, said David Butler, CEO of Digicel Jamaica to a round of applause at the launch.
Another welcomed announcement is the company extending the partnership to 2019 with the six development meets that form the Grand Prix: the Youngster Goldsmith Development Meet, the GC Foster Classic, the Camperdown Classic, the Western Championship, the Central Championship and the Anthrick Development Meet.
Butler noted that the extended partnership is one of the company’s many ways of reaffirming its investment in developing the nation’s athletes.
“Through partnership with event organizers we have been able to enhance the way these meets are executed in a number of ways, such as competition-grade surfaces and a quicker turnaround or event results and timing. Our aim is to get these meets to world-class standards as better meets equate to improved levels of competition”, said Butler.
Investing in the future
Continuing on the note of future investment, Butler also spoke of Digicel’s 360° approach to the development of student athletes.
“The support for our young athletes ought to last much longer than a mere 5 days of the year. From our vantage point in the stands, we see another 360 days’ worth of opportunity to nurture and mentor Jamaica’s young athletic talent”, Butler concluded.
Leading by example, Digicel through its partnership with the MVP Track and Field Club has in place 5 training clinics where high school athletes across the island enjoy a day of training with internationally recognised coaches. Shortly after the conclusion of this comes the Digicel Grand Prix, which gives the very same athletes a chance to put their newly-taught skills on display to be rewarded for what they have learnt.
The Grand Prix will begin on February 6 with the Western Championship at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith Meet at GC Foster College in Spanish Town. The series will culminate at the GC Foster Classics slated for February 20. The events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and the 4x 400m relays.
The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by Digicel Sportsmax, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun and Logo Stitch.