Top schools honored at Gibson McCook Relays 50th Anniversary Awards Banquet

By June 16, 2023
Hydel captain Oneika McAnuff receiving the Neville "Teddy" McCook Trophy for best performing school overall from Nikki McCook-Miller, daughter of the late Neville "Teddy" McCook. Hydel captain Oneika McAnuff receiving the Neville "Teddy" McCook Trophy for best performing school overall from Nikki McCook-Miller, daughter of the late Neville "Teddy" McCook.

An overwhelming feeling of gratitude was palpable as athletes, organizers and sponsors came together at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday to celebrate a successful staging of the 50th Gibson McCook Relays.

The 50th Anniversary Awards Banquet was held to recognize the outstanding schools who dominated this year’s edition of the meet, which was held on May 8 at the National Stadium in Kingston, as well as honor some of the longest serving officials, committee members and sponsors.

Founded by the late Neville "Teddy" McCook in 1973, the meet has served as the premier relay carnival on Jamaican soil for half a century, which is not something to overlook.

“50 years in the life of any individual or organization is an achievement,” said Chairman of the Gibson McCook Relays organizing committee, Professor Rainford Wilks.

“Organizing and executing a relay carnival with multiple participants requires more than dreams and values. To consistently execute the event on schedule is no mean achievement. These are some of the characteristics of the Gibson McCook Relays that have made it famous and a staple in the Jamaican track & field diet,” Wilks added.

Former Jamaica Olympic Association President, The Hon. Mike Fennell, was the guest speaker for the evening and used his time at the podium to encourage people to understand the value of sport to the country.

“We should never undervalue the contribution of sports to brand Jamaica,” he said.

“In Jamaica, and in many other parts of the world, sport is recognized mainly because of an event, whether it’s Champs, the Olympic Games or the Commonwealth Games but sport is far more than that. Sport is something that contributes to the economy; sport is something that contributes to both physical and mental health; sports contributes to tourism and so on,” he added.

Fennell also relayed a message to the athletes themselves, encouraging them to “never lose your values.”

Now, onto the honorees of the evening, starting with Hydel High who took home the biggest prize as the best overall performing school.

Hydel, who also went on to claim their first ever Girls Champs title a few weeks later, also took home the best performing girls school and the championship events record breaker awards.

Jamaica College took home the prize as the top performing school on the boys side.

Some of the evening’s other honorees included Custos of St. Andrew, Ian Forbes, as well as Audley Hewett, who has been on the organizing committee since inception. The meet’s two longest serving sponsors, Child’s Play and Nestle, were also recognized.

 

 

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