Students and supporters of the Anglican High School (AHS) and the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) are still locked into celebratory mode following what can be described as a remarkable victory at the just-ended Inter-Collegiate Games 2015.
Labeled the “Tanteen Bullets”, the defending champions took to the streets to celebrate their victory during a motorcade on Monday, singing and chanting victory slogans to the beat of drums.
Both Tanteen-based schools retained their respective titles during the three-day event, which was historically staged at Progress Park in St Andrew during the course of last week.
GBSS took an early lead following day one last week Monday, and by the end of the event, the athletes outperformed their nearest rivals, St Andrew’s Anglican Secondary (SAASS) by 147.50 points; amassing a total of 440 points.
SAASS amassed 293.50 followed by Bishop’s College from Carriacou in third place on 124 points.
AHS won in the Female division with 316.50 points, with St Joseph’s Convent, St Andrew trailing behind on 200.50 points and followed by Hillsborough Secondary of Carriacou in third on 186.5 points.
Former champions, St David’s Catholic Secondary finished in a distant third amassing 103 points.
Speaking on the achievement of the Girls from Tanteen after the games, an elated Coach, Darvin Bowen focused on the preparations coming into this year’s event, saying that the athletes did well to “maintain our strengths” and pushed harder to improve their weaknesses.
“We started training and putting the pieces from as early as July…and we pulled it off today,” he remarked.
More than a dozen records were broken during Inter-Col 2015 held in an outer parish for the first time.
Cece Charles of Mc Donald College who topped the female Preparatory division with a total of 62 points, equalled the record of 13.00 in the Girls 100 metres set by Rickisha Edwards in 2014.
Her teammate Alisha Charles clocked a time of 1:03.10 in the Girls 400M (PREP) to break the 1:03.90 record set by Jonair Thomas in 2014.
14-year-old Kyle Bowen of GBSS, who topped the male Sub Junior division on 53 points, broke his own record set last year and the previous 52.05 record of Kirani James in the 400m race clocking a time of 51.9.
“This year for the 400m I wasn’t really going to run for the record” but was trying to place despite a hamstring injury…it makes me feel great knowing that I broke his record again,” Bowen said in an interview with this newspaper following the games.
Bowen who hopes to participate in the 2016 CARIFTA games scheduled for Grenada’s National Athletics and Football Stadium, currently under renovation said he is “looking forward to going ahead to running against the world ranked James in the future if he is still running.
“…It’s a great feeling”, he told THE NEW TODAY.
GBSS’s Deron Sharpe topped the Preparatory male division on 28 points. Topping the sub-junior division was Allia Mc Donald of St Joseph’s Convent. St Andrew (SJCS) on 26 points.
Meleni Rodney from St Joseph’s Convent St. George’s topped the score in the female Junior category on 48 points, while Darren Modoo of St Anglican Secondary topped the male category on 41 points.
In the Senior Division, Candesha Scott from St David’s Catholic Secondary finished ahead of the rest in the female division on 46 points, while the school’s Anderson Peters took top honours in the male division on 53 points.
Despite the inclement weather, scores of sporting patrons flockedProgress Park to witness the hosting of the games there for the first time.
Following what was described as the “successful execution of the games”, Sports Minister, Emmalin Pierre said she is “extremely happy and satisfied” especially with the level of support received.
“This success really has to be shared among a number of sectors,” she said as she applauded the support and co-operation of the Principals Association.
“Had they not been supportive and cooperative about the shift to Progress Park, it would not have been a success. But I believe that from day one everybody came on board…majority of people jumped on board, worked together, supported and made it happen”, she recalled.
The Sports Minister also commended the “ground staff at the Park “who was called upon to assist in different ways” as required under the rainy weather conditions.
“They fell in line and they worked hard and well,” she said.
Minister Pierre was also high in praise for the sponsors especially the private sector with the construction of the bleachers, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Ministry of Health “and of course the Ministry of Works and the staff up at Pearls for the kind of support received”.
Commenting on the turn out of the crowd, Minister Pierre said: “One would have thought that the weather would have significantly affected crowd participation, however people came out”.
The female government minister also commended the “discipline of the sporting patrons in St Andrew” and “all who came out to support Inter-col at Progress Park this year.”
She said that very few playing fields on the island would have been able to withstand the amount of rain “that fell during the course of the day” and still complete the games in time.
According to Minister Pierre, Progress Park turned out to be ideal for the games and pointed out that if the event was held at the Cricket Stadium “we would have lost Cricket in April.”
“I could guarantee you that we would not have had sufficient time to prepare the Stadium to host the game because of the rain that fell”, she added.
Over $500, 000.00 was spent to bring Intercol to Progress Park and the Sports Minister described this as a long-term investment for the parish of St Andrew.
“We believe that it was worth it, a lot of the monies that was spent, I see it as an investment…a lot of the work that we have done are permanent in a number of cases and if not totally permanent they are going to last for a very long time”, she said.