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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 20:56

GraceKennedy rewards ‘Champs’ Record Breakers

GraceKennedy Ltd today handed over cheques totaling $1,325,000 million to schools which broke records in the 2016 and 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships. The special incentive was announced in 2016 to boost the morale and further encourage excellence but was also granted in 2017 to mark GraceKennedy’s 95th anniversary and 10th year as sponsor.

Fifty-three records were broken over the two years. In 2017, twenty-eight records were broken by fourteen schools while twenty-five records were broken by fifteen schools in 2016. “Our athletes never cease to amaze us, demonstrating each year how much stronger, faster, mentally tougher and better they are at setting goals and exceeding expectations. We are very proud of all the athletes who qualify for Champs and especially those who perform well. The records broken attest to their will and character and the support and training of their coaches, teachers and families,” said Andrea Coy, CEO of Grace Foods (Domestic).

Each school received an award of $25,000 for each record broken. The funds are to be used for a school development project agreed on via consultation among the students and the administrators. “We thank GraceKennedy for recognising the athletes, coaches and everyone involved in their development in this wonderful way and we appreciate company’s ongoing interest and commitment,” said Colleen Montague chair of the Champs organising committee and principal of Wolmer’s High School for Girls.


The schools which broke records in 2016 are: Edwin Allen, Excelsior, Hydel, St. Jago, Vere Technical, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), Holmwood Technical, Calabar College, Jamaica College, Kingston College, Petersfield, St. Jago, Muschett, Morant Bay High, Rhodes Hall and Munro College.  The 2017 record breakers came from: Calabar, Edwin Allen, Excelsior, Grange Hill, Hydel, Jamaica College, Kingston College, Mannings, Petersfield, Queens, Spaldings, St. Jago and Wolmer’s Boys.

GraceKennedy has been the title sponsor for the Championships since 2007 and currently commits $100 million in support annually through the partnership of Grace Foods, First Global Bank and Western Union. The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships, fondly called “Champs” will be held from Tuesday, March 20 to Saturday, March 24 in 2018 at the National Stadium in Kingston.