New events to be introduced for 45th staging of MILO Western Relays

By Sports Desk January 25, 2024
It was all smiles when Nekesha Bartholomew-Ramey (2nd L), Consumer Marketing Manager at Nestle - parent company of title sponsor MILO - presented the sponsorship cheque for the 2024 staging of the relays. Sharing in the occasion at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, MoBay on Tuesday were (L-R) Chris Samuda, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) who also announced the association's continued sponsorship of the MILO Western Relays, Zabranda Samuels of Green Island High School, Ray Harvey, meet organizer, Tijanh Samuels of Grange Hill High School, Tony Myers - meet director, coach Keilando Goburn and patron Chester McCarthy of GC Foster College.   It was all smiles when Nekesha Bartholomew-Ramey (2nd L), Consumer Marketing Manager at Nestle - parent company of title sponsor MILO - presented the sponsorship cheque for the 2024 staging of the relays. Sharing in the occasion at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, MoBay on Tuesday were (L-R) Chris Samuda, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) who also announced the association's continued sponsorship of the MILO Western Relays, Zabranda Samuels of Green Island High School, Ray Harvey, meet organizer, Tijanh Samuels of Grange Hill High School, Tony Myers - meet director, coach Keilando Goburn and patron Chester McCarthy of GC Foster College.

The 45th MILO Western Relays kicked off with a burst of excitement and anticipation, as co-founder and organizer Ray Harvey unveiled thrilling new events and surprises for the upcoming edition during the launch at the Holy Trinity Church Hall in Westgate, Montego Bay.

One of the most significant announcements was the introduction of discus and shot put throws for all classes of high school girls and boys. This marked a groundbreaking moment, bringing a new dimension to the competition and offering young athletes a chance to showcase their skills in these field events.

Ray Harvey further revealed that, due to popular demand from senior-level coaches, the invitational 60m dash for clubs and institutions would make a return to the schedule. This addition aimed to provide valuable experience for athletes preparing for overseas competitions, adding an extra layer of competitiveness to the event.

In another exciting development, prize money was reintroduced for high schools participating in specific relay events. The 4x100M Class 1, 4X400M Class 1, and the 4X800M Open categories would see athletes earning cash rewards ranging from JMD$5,000 to JMD$40,000 based on their placements. Edwin Allen emerged as the top-performing school in the previous year, securing JMD$140,000 for their outstanding performance.

The event, scheduled to start at 10:00 am, promised a packed day of activities, including relays for all classes, hurdles, field events such as long jump, triple jump, and high jump, as well as sprint races ranging from 100m to 800m. The day's schedule would culminate with the 3000m and the 1500m, the first event on the list.

 Harvey also took the opportunity to announce the patron of the event and recognize outstanding junior male and female awardees. Chester McCarthy, the athletic director at GC Foster College, along with Deandre Daley of Herbert Morrison Technical High School and Alexis James, formerly of Petersfield High School, were named as this year's recipients. The awards presentation would take place during the opening ceremony at GC Foster College on Saturday, February 10.

Nekesha Bartholomew-Ramey, representing the title sponsor MILO, expressed their commitment with a generous cash sponsorship of four million dollars (JMD$4,000,000). She emphasized MILO's dedication to the event, highlighting its alignment with the product as the "food drink of champions" that provides energy to go further.

Mount Alvernia's coach Andrew Henry received special recognition for his exceptional work with MILO scholarship awardees since 2007. Bartholomew-Ramey praised his efforts, acknowledging the positive impact he had on athletes in the west.

Attendees to the February event were promised not only a fantastic athletic showcase but also the opportunity to sample hot and cold MILO, with product sales at discounted prices. The Jamaica Olympic Association's president, Chris Samuda, confirmed the organization's continued sponsorship for the third consecutive year, further solidifying the significance of the MILO Western Relays on the Jamaican sports calendar.

The launch event extended beyond the formalities, featuring a coach's clinic and an informative section on nutrition, exercises, and recovery for prep and primary schools, as well as high schools. Keilando Goburn, coach at St. Jago High School, delivered a well-timed presentation on 'Intensive Hurdling Technique,' earning praise from fellow coaches for its quality and relevance. Overall, the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement as the countdown to the MILO Western Relays began.

 

 

 

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