Kingston, Jamaica – Monday, June 19, 2017: For high-school athletes Kevona Davis and Carey McLeod, the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics series continues to pay off big time. Davis, a remarkable fifteen year-old sprinter from Edwin Allen High School and Carey, Kingston College’s multi-jump powerhouse, each received academic scholarships valued at J$250,000 each from Digicel in recognition of their outstanding performance throughout the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics series.
Nineteen year-old Carey McLeod, who hopes to attend either the University of Arkansas or Maryland soon, said; “When I first heard that there was going to be a scholarship for the top athlete in the competition, I knew it had to be me. So I worked very hard, trained hard and competed at every meet like my life depended on it. Getting this scholarship is a huge reward and I really feel like all the work I put in has paid off.”
In addition to jumping, the talented McLeod also excels at the 4x100m relay. With aspirations of one day becoming a professional athlete, McLeod shared that he looks up to Christian Taylor, an American triple jumper who is the reigning Olympic and World champion.
Like McLeod, Davis was quite delighted at being selected for the scholarship. This, she says will help to take a lot of the pressure away from her mother, especially when she gets ready to sit her first set of CSEC examinations next May.
“I wanted to win,” shared Davis. “So every week, I came out and gave it my best. My competitors motivated me even more to stick to the game plan so that I could come out on top and I’m really thankful for the support from my coach and my teammates throughout the season.”
A triple-threat, Davis excels at the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events. Although she too hopes to pursue athletics professionally like her role model, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Davis shared that she would also love to become a teacher.
“Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce inspires me because she is not only a famous athlete, she is also a businesswoman and she has an entire career outside of running. I respect that and I’d want to be able to do something like that too, so I want to study Physical Education so that I can teach something that I love,” said Davis.
Andrew Brown, Sponsorship Manager at Digicel, noted, “The level of talent that we saw during the Grand Prix in March was just tremendous and we have no doubt that Jamaica’s track and field fraternity is poised for great things. That’s why we want to help by assisting the schools to bolster their athletics programmes and giving those promising student athletes a leg up with these scholarships.”
The annual Digicel Grand Prix Athletics series, which concluded in March this year, consists of five meets across the island. The top-performing male and female schools each receive J$1M towards gym equipment and improving their overall sports programmes, while the two top performing athletes (male and female) each receive an academic scholarship.