Digicel Grand Prix: Digicel CEO David Butler (second right) poses with double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre) and Calabar High’s Dejour Russell (right) during the launch of the Digicel Grand Prix on February 1. Sharing in the occasion are Sports Minister Olivia Grange and GraceKennedy’s business development manger, David Reid. (Michael Gordon)
Academic scholarships up for grabs in Digicel Grand Prix
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Record breakers during the Digicel Grand Prix that got underway this week with the Western Champs, will be awarded academic scholarships for their efforts.
The finals for the Western Champs are slated for tomorrow.
Academic scholarships will be awarded for the records broken in the 100, 200, 300 and 800 metres, as well as the discus, long jump and high jump for class one and two boys and girls, Digicel said in a release this morning. Scholarships will also be awarded for the 4×400 metres, and the open relay.
Digicel disclosed that if a junior record is broken, the athlete will win $50,000, while the championship record will earn the athlete $25,000.
The scholarships will be made payable to the institution the athlete will be attending come September 2017.
The third staging of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships was launched on February 1, with significant changes and $15 millon to be won in cash and prizes.
The much-anticipated series of events was launched at Digicel’s headquarters in downtown Kingston, where organisers revealed that the top-performing boy and girl will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2017 IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.
This year, the technical committee headed by Maurice Wilson announced that the series will have only five meets, down from six the previous year. The four regional championships in Western, Eastern, Central and Corporate Area Championships, along with the GC Foster Classics are the chosen ones.
First published in the Jamaica Observer