Sando North retain bmobile Foundation Victoria Games crown

Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 21, 2017

San Fernando North Zone retained the annual bmobile Foundation Victoria Games title which sprinted off at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella recently.

Having successfully defended their 2016 crown, this zone will once again represent the southern district at the upcoming National Primary School Track Championships, scheduled to run off in May.

Hosted by the Ministry of Education, Victoria Education District Sports Association (VEDSA) and title sponsors bmobile, the 2017 edition was contested by seven zones, featuring victors San Fernando North, eventual runners-up Gasparillo, third place finishers San Fernando East, fourth ranked Claxton Bay/Tortuga, followed by Williamsville, Lengua/Barrackpore and La Romaine/Debe respectively.

Now in its seventh consecutive year of sponsorship, TSTT’s Vice President of Marketing Camille Campbell, reiterated the importance of investing in sport which has been a core area in the support of youth nationally.

“It is indeed an honour to once again be a special part of the VEDSA Games,” said Campbell. “This event falls within our main objective of the bmobile Foundation which is to create and support avenues for growth in our nation’s youth. To the VEDSA executive, school supervisors, teachers, parents and our stars of the day, the students; congratulations and continue doing your best. We at bmobile are intent on contributing to initiatives that help young people develop.”

This year’s Games were also held in celebration of the life of former VEDSA chairman and ex-Marabella Boys Anglican principal, Lindsay Gopaul, who passed away earlier this year. Gopaul was a leading member of the fraternity throughout his many years of public service and was avidly involved in the Games. Wife of the deceased, Camille, was also presented with a posthumous award on behalf of the committee by School Supervisor I (S.S.1), Kenny Edwin.

Current VEDSA chairman, Azard Mohammed, spoke highly of Gopaul’s exploits during the opening ceremony, stating, “Today’s event is firstly being held to honour Lindsay Gopaul, who has served this district proudly for the past eight years. We know Mr. Gopaul passed away suddenly but he has done so much for all the schools present here today and we openly credit him for his commitment and service to the district.”

Following the opening remarks, the March Past got underway with six teams (Gasparillo did not participate) vying for top honours, led by the Presentation College Sea Scouts Band. Williamsville Zone (280pts), draped in a smartly-worn red and white outfit, trotted in unison and executed their instructions flawlessly, marching on to be crowned champions for a third consecutive year. Holding on to second place was San Fernando East (276pts) while La Romaine/Debe (248pts) rounded off the top three.

Principal of Eckel Village Anglican School, Roger Beeput, expressed elation with his zone’s title-winning performance. “It’s unbelievable and since this is our third time in a row emerging victors, the trophy is now ours to keep. Most of the credit goes to Ms. Erica Charles, a hard-working teacher who has trained these children to victory. Special thanks to all the schools in our zone who helped us fund our uniform. And to bmobile for making today’s event possible.”

Meanwhile, Boys 3km race winner, Josiah Calliste (San Fernando North), was happy to come away with the gold medal even though his schoolmates Caleb Granger and Chaz Forde completed the top-three.

“It was tough but I’m glad I beat everyone,” he stated, still a bit breathless following his triumph. “The sun was really hot but I had to do it for my district. I was glad though that my friends at school got second and third. We worked really hard for this today.”

One student spectator hailing from the Lengua/Barrackpore Zone was all smiles on the day as he and his schoolmates enjoyed a full day of viewing the sporting activities. “We’re having a lot of fun in the stands cheering for our team,” said Rishard Harris. “We didn’t do so well in the March Past but we hope to make it up in the races. It’s been great fun so far.”

Overall Track and Field Zonal Results Champion Zone:
1. San Fernando North
2. Gasparillo
3. San Fernando East
4. Claxton Bay/ Tortuga
5. Williamsville
6. Lengua/ Barrackpore
7. La Romaine/ Debe

March Past Results
1. Williamsville (280pts)
2. San Fernando East (276pts)
3. La Romaine/Debe (258pts)
4. Claxton Bay/Tabaquite (248pts)
5. Lengua/Barrackpore (236pts)
6. San Fernando North (224pts)

Victor Ludorum
Under 9 – Kiel Marshall (Gasparillo); Brandon Heera (Lengua/Barrackpore)
Under 11 – Malerky Fraser (Gasparillo)
Under 13 – Ronaldo Copeland
Under 15 – Jabari Charles (Claxton Bay/Tortuga)

Victrix Ludorum
Under 9 – Nikita Gosine (San Fernando North)
Under 11 – Jael Archibald (San Fernando North)
Under 13 – Sierra Joseph (San Fernando North)
Under 15 – Kanessa Thompson (Claxton Bay/Tortuga)

1. Josiah Calliste (San Fernando North)
2. Caleb Granger (San Fernando North)
3. Chaz Forde (San Fernando North)

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