BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A party atmosphere had engulfed the Silver Jubilee Stadium as athletes, teachers and supporters of St. Paul’s Primary School celebrated their victory in the RAMS 2013 Inter-Primary School Championships.
In a competition that saw St. Paul’s lagging on the first of the three-day event, athletes of that school pulled out all stops from the second day to whip their closest rival by three gold medals to once again be crowned champions.
Day one had seen Sandy Point Primary and Beach Allen Primary ahead in the Championships, but St. Paul’s surpassed them on the following day with the latter school hot on their heels trailing on silver medals as both teams were tied on gold.
On the final day however, the athletes of St. Paul’s stepped up the tempo and captured 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals, while those of Sandy Point clipped the wings of Beach Allen to place second with eight gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals.
Beach Allen were third with five gold, nine silver and a similar amount in bronze medals, while defending champions Cayon Primary had to settle for fourth place with four gold, two silver and five bronze.
Fifth were Newton Ground with four gold and two silver and sixth place went to Tucker Clarke with three gold, seven silver and seven bronze, while Dr. William Connor chalked up three gold, seven silver and five bronze for the seventh position and Seventh Day Adventist with two gold placed eight.
Joshua Obadiah Williams and Estridge tied for ninth place with one gold, one silver and one bronze each, while Bronte Welsh placed 11th with one gold and one silver.
Twelfth were Saddlers with one gold and one bronze and Dieppe Bay 13th with two silver, while the Immaculate Conception Catholic School and Tyrell Williams Primary tied for 15th place with one silver medal each, and Dean Glasford and Irish Town tied for 16th with each of them winning one bronze medal.
For being crowned this year’s champions, St. Paul’s Primary were awarded EC$1 000 Sandy Point Primary had gotten EC$750.
Beach Allen Primary, Cayon Primary and Newton Ground Primary received $EC600, EC$450 and EC$300 respectively.
Winning the Boys U-9 category was Mitchell Richards of Sandy Point Primary School for placing first in the 80m dash, second in the 150m and third in the long jump, while on the distaff side Ayazmia Dolphin of the Estridge Primary won in that category after she triumphed in the long jump, captured second in the 80m dash and placed fourth in the 150m race.
Jaseande Nisbett of Beach Allen Primary won the Boys U-11 category with victories in the long jump, 4x100m Relay and, second in the 400m and 100m dashes and was declared Victor Ludorum, while in the same age category, Josana Williams of Cayon Primary was declared the winner after placing first in the long jump and ball throws events and second in the 4x100m Relay.
Zedan Clarke of Dr. William Connor was the winner of the Boys U-13 category with the long and high jumps events under his belt. And Earleane Webbe of St. Paul’s Primary captured the female category winning the long jump, 100 and 200m dashes and the 4x100m Relay, which made her the Victrix Ludorum of the Championships.
A breath-taking fireworks display signalled the end of yet another successful and memorable RAMS Inter-Primary School Championships, and athletics enthusiasts and supporters can expect more excitement in June when the annual National Invitational and Club Championships and the OECS Invitational will be held at the same venue.