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From Left: John Jones, Principal Matthew Farley and Charles Walcott.


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Athlete receives J. Payne shield


By Michael Phillips

Impressive field athlete John Jones became the first person to be honoured by the C.W. Foundation during a presentation at the Garrison Secondary School yesterday.

Jones a fifth form student at the school, who has represented Barbados at the Carifta level in the shot put, javelin and discus, was awarded for his outstanding performance at the recently held Joseph Payne Memorial Classic.

The award, ‘The Most Outstanding Field Event Athlete Challenge Shield’, was presented by Charles Walcott who is the national record holder for the shot put, a record which stood since 2002.

Walcott stated that the noted decline in the number of young athletes participating in field events was the main reason for the creation of this meet and its main focus is geared towards development of the arts and provision of technical support to stimulate interest among young athletes.

Jones had a commendable showing at the Classic, winning the Under-20 shot put and taking second place in the Men’s Open Javelin event. These performances have qualified him for both the upcoming Carifta and CAC Junior games.

Walcott lauded Jones’ performance and had this to say, “I’ve watched John over the last year or so competing and so on and think that we have a world champion in the making. I’m projecting by 2016 hopefully we will see John at the Olympic Games.”

Principal Matthew Farley recommends that fellow students hold the six-footer Jones as a role model, stating that he has proven that students can excel at both academics and athletics since Jones acquired six passes at CXC and is pursuing more this year.

The presentation of the Challenge Shield was a collaborative effort of the C.W. Foundation and National Primary Schools Athletic Championships (NAPSAC).

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