JAAA/SDF launch Jubilee Series to prepare athletes for international competition

In an effort to provide its senior athletes with competition as they prepare for national championships and other international competitions, including the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon later this year, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), in partnership with the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), has launched a four-game series dubbed the JAAA/SDF Jubilee Series.

The first meeting will take place on Saturday, February 19 at the National Stadium in Kingston and will start at 5 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

Each meeting will feature 14 individual events, four of which are designated as Premium events. The premium events selected for the first meeting are the 400m for men and women and the discus for men and women.

At the end of the premium events, the top three, provided they meet an established minimum standard, will win a total of one hundred thousand dollars. Winners will receive $50,000, second place finishers will win $30,000.00 while third place finishers will receive $20,000.00.

“It’s up to us to ensure that our athletes, especially those based locally, receive as much help as possible in their preparation,” said JAAA President Garth Gayle.

“We have limited resources but thanks to the SDF, who decided to partner with us, we are able to offer a financial incentive.”

Denzil Wilks, chief executive of the Sports Development Foundation, said his organization was happy to play its part.

“Jamaica’s reputation in this sport is second to none. That says a lot about the organization running the sport locally. The SDF has worked with the JAAA over the years and we have never been disappointed. We have always received value for money. This is just the continuation of this long-standing partnership,” he said.

Junior athletes will compete earlier in the day between 8:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

No approval for spectators was granted for the first encounter, with only athletes, officials and medical personnel allowed entry. Only one meeting will take place in February, the other three being scheduled between May and June.

Registration for the meeting closes Wednesday, February 16 at 6 p.m.

Martin E. Berry