Day 1 of the Sports Division’s 36th Annual Secondary Schools Independence Athletics Meet culminated in the late afternoon on Wednesday, October 12th at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
The day started with a parade of teams and a ceremony where remarks came from the President of the Dominica Amateur Athletics Association – Mr. Godwin Dorsette, Sports Coordinator – Mr. Trevor Shillingford, Member of Parliament for the Roseau Constituency – Hon. Joseph Isaac and the Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs – Hon. Catherine Daniel, whose Ministry is responsible for the Independence Celebrations.
It was then action on the field and track and after much exciting competition, it was the Dominica Grammar School’s boys who were leading with 85 points on Day One. The Isaiah Thomas Secondary School with 45 points, North East Comprehensive School – 36 points and Castle Bruce Secondary School and St. Mary’s Academy – 31 points each followed.
Dominica Grammar School’s girls also topped the points tally after Day One – they amassed a total of 65 points. Defending Champions, North East Comprehensive School is presently second with 58 points with the Castle Bruce Secondary going into Day 2 in third position with 48 points.
(See the attached for the complete points standings after Day 1).
Among the highlights of the Day’s events were:
· Danelson Mahautiere from the SMA equaling Kevin James’ record from 2006 when he ran 22.2 s in the U-20 boys 200m event.
· Treneese Hamilton from the DGS smashing the record for U-14 Girls Shot Put – throwing a distance of 12.96m. Naomi Scotland held the previous record when she threw 10.43m in 2004.
Day 2 of the Secondary Schools Independence Athletics Meet will take place on Friday, October 14th from 1:30 pm at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium where competition is expected to go under the lights.