Calabar High School track stat Christopher Taylor said he is focusing on returning to the track next season and has denied accusations that he assaulted a teacher at the school.

Jamaica’s high school prodigy Christopher Taylor is reportedly joining the camp of respected track and field coach Rana Reider at his base in Florida.

Vice-President of ISSA Keith Wellington believes Calabar incident can serve as a teachable moment.

Calabar High School track & field captain Christopher Taylor has been reported to have been slightly hurt before entering the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championship. That injury forced, not just a premature end to his final Champs at high school, but he lost some of the lustre of his legacy as one of the winningest athletes to ever grace the event. In addition, Taylor has said he wants to be on the national team to the World Championships this year. Were Calabar not looking at the bigger picture when they allowed him to run?

Kingston College (KC) head coach Leaford Grant believes better man management, which limited the workload shouldered by individual athletes, was a key factor in a record ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships-winning performance on Saturday.

The north street-based team put together several powerful performances, which led to the highest ever points total of 395.5.  The points total, which was good enough to dethrone champions Calabar but was also a record for the games, eclipsed the previous mark of 368.5 set by the dethroned champions.

Grant revealed that the unprecedented success was brought about by a break with traditional practices of sorts, which often sees athletes compete in as many events as possible.

“What we tried to do was not to overburden the athletes.  We tried to use one athlete per event so that we did not put a lot of pressure on our athletes,” Grant said.

“Probably in the past you would have seen a number of athletes doing more than one events at Champs.  We realized have so many athletes doing more than one events put a strain on the youngster’s bodies,” he added.

“We decided that we weren’t to do that this year. The results were fewer injuries and we had a good Champs .”

En route to winning their first title since 2009 and dethroning seven-time champions Calabar the Purples suffered did, in fact, suffer very few injuries and mishaps.

 

 

Roxene Simpson of Clarendon College won nine points for Clarendon College on Friday when she threw  41.38m to win the Class 2 girls discus at the 2019 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Calabar acting-principal Calvin Rowe has defended the school’s handling of the incident involving high school track stars Chris Taylor and De’Jour Russell, in the wake of public backlash and some biting criticism.

The athletes Taylor and Russell, who are expected to represent the school at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championship later this week, were accused of assaulting high school physics teacher Sanjay Shaw in December of last year. 

Despite several months elapsing since the incident, the teacher has recently expressed dissatisfaction with how the issue was handled.  In a press conference, held late last week, he accused the school of putting sporting interest over academics and tardiness in addressing the issue.   

In a press release, posted on the school’s website, however, Rowe denied placing athletics above academics and attempted to addressing accusations of addressing the issue late.

According to the release, no action was taken sooner, regarding the teacher’s alleged attack, because Rowe was waiting on evidence of the assault, which the teacher claimed to have recorded on video. 

The document goes on to state that having reviewed the evidence and conducted interviews with the students, it was decided only a strong reprimand was required as there was not enough strong evidence of an assault.

A doctor’s report submitted by Shaw, however, stated that the injuries he received were minor but were likely the result of blunt force trauma.

“It became clear to us as the investigations proceeded that there were conflicting accounts on key aspects, for example, the two students involved strongly denied assaulting Mr. Shaw and testified instead to the contrary; while one student admitted to shoving the teacher’s phone from the face of his teammate he was adamant that he did not step on the instrument,” the press release read.

“Having taken all things into consideration and noting the conflicting reports and the lack of evidence of any assault on the video footage, we decided not to escalate the matter to the Board but to deal with it at the level of the school’s senior leadership team,” it continued.

The document goes on to state that following Shaw’s insistence and a re-interview with the students, it was later, however, decided to suspend both athletes for five days.  They were, however, allowed to train and represent the school during the period, which continues to be a sore point for the physics teacher.

“Giving thought to Mr. Shaw’s insistence and even though I had made it clear that the nature of the punishment was not his prerogative, upon further reflection I decided to go a step further. The two students were re-interviewed and while their testimonies were unchanged I decided to suspend them for 5 days with the proviso that they were required to work on their CAPE SBAs, they were allowed to train and they would compete in their final development meet. It ought to be noted that both punitive measures were aimed at addressing the matter of disobedience to a teacher’s directive and NOT for assault, which, as was said earlier, we could not validate independently and with sufficient conviction,” the document said.

Below is the full version of the press release.

 

http://calabarhighschool.com/content/press-release-calabar-high-school-response-public-complaint-sanjay-shaw-march-24-2019

 

Armed with videos, emails and a bill outlining his medical expenses, Sanjaye Shaw, the Head of the Physics Department at Calabar High School alleged on Friday that high school’s track star Christopher Taylor grabbed him by the throat during an incident that occurred on the school grounds on December 15, 2018.

Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell, the country’s 3000, 5000, and 10,000 metres has inspired a focus on the health of athletes at the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship after his collapse due to a heart issue created a very real scare. 

Calabar High School star, Christopher Taylor, did not go after his 45.84-second Digicel Grand Prix record at the GC Foster Classic on Saturday, despite saying a week earlier he would lower the 2018 mark. 

Enid Bennett High School’s Tyrice Taylor put a 32-year-old schoolboy record under real threat on Saturday when he won the under-20 Boys’ 800-metre at the Digicel Grand Prix final. 

Neither Calabar’s Michael Stephens nor Jamaica College’s (JC) Michali Everett could claim the spoils of a fierce rivalry that developed during the Digicel Grand Prix series over 100 metres after the final at the GC Foster Classic ended on Saturday. 

The Digicel Grand Prix makes its final stop at the GC Foster Classic in Spanish Town, Jamaica on Saturday but this time, the big guns are out, even as the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships fast approaches. 

Chris Taylor claimed the 400 metres in the Digicel Grand Prix series at the Corporate Area Development Meet inside the National Stadium on Saturday but only did enough to finish in front. 

Calabar High School won the 4x800-metre event at the 43rd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays, however, the manner in which they did so left the crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston breathless. 

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