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.
Derry and Strabane CouncildupFoyleside DEALilian Seenoi-BarrSDLPSeenoi-Barr: Poverty rate an indictment of political failureSinn Fein “These statistics confirm that 292,000 adults and 85,000 children continue to live in relative poverty here in Northern Ireland. “With the implementation of welfare cuts dubbed ‘welfare reform’, the four fold increase in rent arrears already hurting the 175 families being forced to pay the bedroom tax and the cliff edge looming for 10s of 1000s of families in less than a year when mitigations run out, these figures are set to increase. “All the press statements and election stunts in the world can’t hide the truth – that it will be impossible to tackle poverty without a functioning Executive and Assembly.“Rather than putting all of their energy into blaming each other for the political shambles we’re in, the DUP and Sinn Féin should sit down, sort their differences and put the needs of vulnerable, low income and working families first. ShareTweet SDLP Foyleside candidate Lilian Seenoi-BarrSDLP Representative Lilian Seenoi-Barr has said that figures released by the Department for Communities highlighting the percentages of groups living in poverty in the North of Ireland is a damning indictment of political failure. The candidate for the Foyle DEA said: “It is a disgrace that elected representatives committed to tackling poverty have no meaningful avenue to do so while the DUP and Sinn Féin continue to prioritize their standoff. “When you tackle poverty, you can begin to transform lives. “This is why the SDLP has consistently called for a standalone Anti-Poverty Strategy, with clear cross cutting targets focusing on health, education, employment and housing,” added Mrs Barr.Seenoi-Barr: Poverty rate an indictment of political failure was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:
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