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25012007001April 4th, 2009 will go down as one of the most exciting finals of the annual Boys & Girls Athletic Championships in Jamaica’s history.
Never has the difference between the winner and first runner up being separated by 1.5 point. Yes it was that close and prior to the games, such a margin of victory was inconceivable.

If you are not a Jamaican it will be very difficult for you to even begin to conceive the passion that we have for track & field and running to a greater extent. We grew up “racing” each other, as it was the first challenge a child offers to another, “yu waah race mi?” meaning “do you want to run against me in a race?”.

To try to describe the atmosphere at the filled to capacity National Stadium on this particular day, would be like trying to explain what it feels like to be able to see, to someone who was born blind, it was just one of those moments in time.

Quite a few performances were spectacular, events to die for as the records fell like dominoes, both long standing and recently established.

Arguably one of the best performance of the entire event, was the demolition of an entire field of Under-17s,  by a 14 year old who was making her second appearance at the championships.

Last year she won both the one hundred and the two hundred in her class, her very first year at Champs. this year she returns to out-class and out-perform older girls in both the 400 and the 800 metres events, what a performance.

The love, the passion, the fighting spirit, the need for speed on the track, is one of the in-dwelling ingredient that makes a Jamaican, Jamaican.

Since we broke on the scene in 1930 we have not looked back, taking our level of competitiveness to higher heights. The exploits of our former stars are well documented, and with the cleaning up of the sport by the world governing bodies, we are finally getting our just due.

For far too long our athletes have been at the mercy of the drug cheats, but in Jamaica we have a saying that goes like this, “evry day di buckit go a well, one day di battam mus drap out” that is “If a bucket goes to the well every day, one day the bottom will fall out”.
Meaning, a dishonest person will one day be cought red-handed, and punished.

The achievements of our former athletes have laid the ground work and framework, which is the legacy behind our current stars, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shellian Fraser and the others that now dominate the planet.

It’s not the Ackee and Salt Fish, the Roast Breadfruit and Yam, the Jerk Pork or the Blue Mountain Coffee. Its our system, our hard work and dedication,  our mindset, our total committment and love of sport that has brought us to this point.

Jamaica is not seen on a world map, we have little to insignificant financial resources yet the exploits of our athletes speak volumes and hence the world wants to know what’s happening in Jamaica? Who are these people? how can they do that? How can they do this?

Invasion Of The International Press.

Never in the history of our Championships has there been such an overwhelming influx of Internation Press. Representatives from media houses across the planet were at the National Stadium to capture the event, so were scores of Scouts, for the first time the world has come to see what we do.

No doubt individuals will be singled out and labeled “one to watch” but at the end of the day, the integrity of the sport is of utmost importance, so now they have seen in living colours how we do it, honestly, naturally and with a true sense of fairplay.

Talk To You Later.

Island Boy.

I welcome your comments.

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