Boys and Girls Champs held in Kingston Jamaica is the biggest yearly track and field event in the western hemisphere. Male and female athletes from from high schools all over Jamaica compete over 4 days in various events for the right to be crowned champions. This year the event was sponsored again by Grace Kennedy, Bmobile, Western Union and others and although I wasn’t able to attend this year because of a last minute family emergency it lived up to it’s billing and produced some wonderful performances from our young up-and-coming athletes who I am sure the world will be introduced to soon – three such names are Ramone McKenzie, Jura Levy and Yohan Blake.
The World’s fastest Man – Asafa Powell presenting a gift to Ramone McKenzie of Calabar High School
Boys and Girls Champs started way back in 1910 and every great Jamaican athlete known to the world today passed through these championships. From Herb McKenley to Donald Quarry, to Melene Ottey to Veronica Campbell to the current fastest man in the world Asafa Powell.
Looking at the results and times from the event each year one would realize the powerhouse that Jamaica is and will continue to be in the world of athletics because here we have teenagers running times comparable to Olympics and World Championships medaling positions.
The high school I attended won the boys side of the championships this year to make it two years in a row…congratulations to Calabar High School! I know Gordon had fun while attending champs this year, sorry I couldn’t make it to link up but I’ll see you there next year!
Image credits – Calabarlions.com
IAAF Boys and Girls Champs coverage