Champions Naggo Head Primary will launch the defence of their Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) National Primary Schools Athletics Championships crown at the National Stadium today, beginning at 8 a.m. The national sports agency, in keeping with its objective of unearthing and nurturing talent, is contributing a total of $5 million in sporting equipment, to be utilised among outstanding athletes who participate in this year’s staging of the meet, which continues everyday through to what is expected to be an exciting climax on Saturday. This contribution towards primary-school athletes who display exceptional talent is in keeping with the agency’s strategic direction, which includes nurturing the talents through extensive coaching programmes. This is in addition to the $500,000 worth of spikes that INSPORTS will be donating to the winning school. Also, one of the pivotal terms to access the contribution is for the athlete to continue being active in the athletics sporting discipline throughout his/her five-year tenure in high school. “The sporting equipment utilised among these athletes will be very instrumental in encouraging the development of the techniques associated with the sporting discipline, said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS. POTENTIAL CHAMPIONS “Additionally, it will encourage these potential champions to participate in more training seminars, which will maximise their potential and contribute to the development of a nation through sports,” added Andrews. Over the years, the championships has served to unearth some of the nation’s top talent and some of the current high school stars, namely Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor, the World Youth 400 metres record holder. This year; Naggo Head expects to win again, but the seven-time winners expect a tougher challenge to retain the four day championship which ends Saturday, and assistant coach, Oral Whilby, believes they have enough to finish atop the podium again. “We have some very competent schools rising like Rousseau, St Richards and the main culprits in Greater Portmore and Southborough. I expect them to give a good account of themselves and take critical points,” said Oral Whilby, Naggo Head Primary’s assistant coach. He added: “We are weak in Class One, but we are very good in the other classes, in the field and middle-distance areas. We should have enough to take us across the line.” Greater Portmore finished third in 2014 and second in 2015 and coach Krisneve Palmer is convinced that they have what it takes to topple the champions. “Our chances are great again, just like last year. We have worked on our weak areas and make our strong points even stronger. We are right where we want to be, so we are coming strong,” he said. Southborough, which placed third last year, along with fourth place Black River and New Providence, are expected to challenge strongly in the 92-team meet.
Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines pulled off a stunner and stopped De La Salle’s winning streak with a five-set win, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justine Dorog said in the post-game press conference that their win needed heart, and play with heart they did.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Magnolia posts 1st win at expense of Meralco Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Stuck in a fifth set tit-for-tat until the 8-8 tie, the Lady Maroons managed to get a vital three-point lead, 11-8, after Jessma Ramos’ ace.Those three points of separation was of utter umportance for the Lady Maroons as they eventually held on to win their first game against the Lady Spikers since the first round of Season 79.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMae Luna and Jolina Dela Cruz may have exchanged kills that tied the set at 12-all, but the Lady Maroons had late tricks hidden in their bag.Diana Carlos found the opening to give UP the 13-12 lead, just before Luna overshot her attempt that put the Lady Maroons at the 14-12 match point. Dorog then ended it all with a soft off speed kill for the win that put the Lady Maroons in a share of the top spot with the Lady Spikers with 3-1 records.“The way you saw the game, it was a game of minds, courage, and aggressiveness, and at the end of it all I believe we are more aggressive than our opponents and that’s why we were able to win,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu.“La Salle is a strong team and they’re not a team that’s easy to beat, they’re strong because their discipline. So I think we’re more aggressive than them tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES View comments