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The 2017 staging of the Penn Relays was a rather outstanding outing for the St. Catherine based G.C. Foster College as the male team created history with their performance. The team was poised towards defending their Championship of America 4x100 m title and that they did by outrunning auburn university in a time of 38.94 seconds. The sprint medley team did justice to the track by copping the title with an outstanding nail biting finish on the 800 m leg ran by Daniel 'Birdie' Glave.
G.C. Foster College's outstanding performance has now etched them in the history of Jamaica's track and field as the first institution in the country to have captured two Championship of America titles in the same year at this prestigious relay carnival.
By: Paul Beckford
UTech Knights, GC Foster College and Mico 'A' were crowned national parish champions after winning their respective finals in the JN Bank Parish Netball Championships at the Leila Robinson Courts on Sunday. The Surrey section had to be played indoors as rain meant no play was possible on the Leila Robinson Courts.
In the match between Mico 'A' and Skibo, it was Mico 'A' that was dominant on the day with a 33-20 win, becoming the first champions from the parish of Kingston. Shauna Jones had 22 goals from 29 attempts and Sasha Dixon 14 from 28.
GC Foster 'A' captured the St Catherine title with a 32-18 win over Rivoli. GC F 'A' held big leads throughout the contest with Gezelle Allison netting 19 goals from 27 attempts and captain Kesha Sturridge getting a perfect 13 from 13.
The highly-anticipated St. Andrew battle between UTech Knights and UWI Pelicans lived up to its billing. UTech took the early lead and were 31-26 up after the 3rd quarter, but the Pelicans posted a stern fightback to tie the game at 35 apiece midway the final quarter, before UTech pulled away for a 40-36 win at the end. National player Shanice Beckford did the bulk of the scoring forUTech with 36 goals from 40 attempts.
UTech Knights, Mico 'A', Rivoli United and GC Foster will now join Jamalco of Clarendon and Ocho Rios Diamonds of St Ann in the first round of the Major League competition to decide the national champions.
G.C. Foster College hosted a Wrestling workshop from April 19 – 21, 2017. This year’s event was the second time running and took on the form of a Wrestling and Combat Sports Festival that included other combat sports. This combination of combat sporting events included Boxing, Wrestling, Taekwondo, Capoeira and Mixed Martial Arts. The event was in collaboration with various organizations, such as: the G.C. Foster College, Fight for Peace, The Jamaica Wrestling Federation, Mixed Martial arts Jamaica Sports Federation, Good life Living and Future Champs of Texas Wrestling Organization.
This venture was geared towards sensitizing and training young people in combat sports. The Fight for Peace organization is a non-profit organization that targets inner city children. They are responsible for sponsoring free programmes in boxing and Martial Arts, to uplift inner city communities. They are currently working on developing 6 communities through these sports. Kellie Magnus of Fight for Peace was elated to be part of this event. She indicated that the children showed a lot of interest and that it was a privilege for them to come to such a noble institution like G.C. Foster College.
Kevin Wallen, the president of Jamaica Wrestling Federation was pleased with the turnout and stated that he was really happy for the programme because Jamaicans have a natural talent for wrestling. He also commended G.C. Foster College for hosting the event, declaring that the atmosphere at the college was beautiful.
Marlon Gayle, G.C. Foster College Lecturer and a very instrumental person in the running of this event stated that this is just the start of something good; and that next year should be bigger and better.