Monday, April 6, 2009

Foreign journalist supporting school championships in Jamaica.

Public relations manager of the IAAF, Laura Arcolio (centre), and journalists Mattias Schneider of Stern Magazine (left), Leon Mann of the BBC (second left), Connie Aitcheson of Sports Illustrated (second right) and Jen-Denis Coquard of L'equipe (right) covered the 99th ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships last weekend. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

'Extra special' was the overwhelming response of the majority of the 40 international journalists who covered last week's 99th staging of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.
The consensus was that the local high school championships explained why local athletes such as Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell, Melaine Walker and Shelly-Ann Fraser do so well internationally.
Leon Mann of the BBC says the atmosphere which prevailed at the National Stadium compares favourably to any international sporting event."Jamaican Observer"http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20090405T220000-0500_148906_OBS_FOREIGN_JOURNALISTS_BOWLED_OVER_BY_CHAMPS_.asp

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