GraceKennedy has noted images and videos circulating in traditional media and online, depicting a young male athlete making a violent hand gesture upon winning a race at the 2023 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships, currently being held at the National Stadium.

We have engaged ISSA regarding the applicable policies governing such actions, and what steps are being taken to address the incident and prevent a recurrence.

GraceKennedy takes this opportunity to publicly state that we reject all forms of violence, and any gestures which may instigate violent acts, at Champs or otherwise.

We also take this opportunity to remind all Champs participants, spectators, and supporters to let true sportsmanship and good camaraderie be the order of the day.