ST GEORGE’S, February 2, 2016 – The biggest sporting event in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique takes center stage come March 16 & 17 at the National Athletic and Football Stadium.
Over twenty of the nation’s secondary schools will take to the track for the 51st edition of the Scotiabank Intercollegiate Athletics Championships.
The question on everyone’s mind is “will the reigning champions retain their title and complete a four-peat?”
Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) are the defending champions in the boys division and have won the title on 17 occassions.
The only school to win more titles is arch rival St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) with 19 victories.
Last season history was created at Progress Park in St. Andrew as GBSS won the boys title and with it amassed the highest score ever recorded by any school in the 50 years of the games.
This year the boys from Tanteen will be seeking to better last year’s performance.
“We started training since last year after Intercol 2015 so our athletes have been preparing themselves says coach Nicholas Benjamin. “At this point tanteen is not in the condition we would’ve liked it to be in for training however because of the early start, the team is not set back.”
GBSS won three of the four age group categories last year having won the Preparatory, Sub-junior and senior divisions and may replicate this come march.
The senior division will be a tough category to conquer given the limited number of athletes this year however Benjamin believes they can pull through. “We lost most of our senior athletes but the few we have has big dreams and am right there dreaming with them.”
The coaching staff at GBSS have focused a lot of time and energy in creating an all rounded team for the games and no doubt they have begun to reap success in the field events section.
“Yes, it’s what we have worked on for the past few years and this is what we have brought and will continuously bring to competition; a “team” of GBSS Boys/athletes” said a confident Benjamin.
One of the athletes GBSS will be relying on to gain points for for the team this year is Kyle Bowen who was joint Victor Ludorum with Anderson Peters last year.
He ended the games with 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal for a total of six.
Bowen who competed in the subjunior division erased Kirani James’ 400 meter record of 52.40 seconds from 2006 and set his mark of 51.90 seconds.
This year Kyle Bowen competes in the Junior Division and is not worried about the expected competition.
Though he may compete against the likes of fellow teammates Cinque Noel and Nathaniel Mark at the school’s sports meet this year, the rivalry will not continue come Intercol.
“My mindset hasn’t change because I won’t be competing against Cinque in intercol this year but what I’ll tell you is that i am more focused than last year due to the fact that the Carifta Games would be held down here during the Easter holiday.”
There has been challenges along the way but the young athlete remains focused as his eyes are set on the 2016 Carifta Games will be held in Grenada.
“I would like to represent my country to the best of my abilities so I am training even harder than before even though there is some ups and downs with muscle pain but other than that preperation is going well.”
Bowen is expected to compete in the 400 meters, 400 meter hurdles, long jump and high jump events.
The last time Intercol was held on synthetic surface GBSS won the title and with a new surface and improved stadium, they will look to pick up from where they left off.
From all indications the tanteen based institution is expected to win their fourth straight title given some vital acquisitions made by the team, but this won’t be a casual stroll as all the other schools with the likes of SAASS, Bishop’s College, Mc Donald College (MDC) and Presentation Brothers College (PBC) will put up a fight to the end.