JAM | Mar 27, 2023

Top schools that have dominated ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls’ Champs

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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ISSA/GraceKennedy Boy’s and Girls Championships (Photo: issasportsja)

The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships is known as the birthplace of Jamaican track and field superstars by providing a platform for schools across the island to compete for the coveted title of the Boys and Girls champions.

Over the years, there has been some high schools that have managed to dominate the inaugural track-and-field event to become the crowds favorite.

The females similar to the men, have managed to make a name for themselves on the track and in the fields to secure the title of ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls’ champions.

Vere Technical High School

ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships (Photo: issasportsja)

The Vere Technical High school have dominated the ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls’ championship over the years, having held the title for 21 years.

Of the 21 titles secured by the Clarendon based school, they secure 14 consecutively (from 1979 to 1993), making it the only school to have an unbroken run of female championship title for 14 years.

Since there first win in 1967, the female athletes of Vere Technical have dominated the track-and-field event producing world class track and field superstars such eight time Olympic medalist, Veronica Campbell Brown, Jamaican sprinter Sherika Jackson, Jamaican sprint legend Merlene Ottey, Deon Hemmings and among others.

Holmwood Technical High School

Holmwood Technical High School athlete participating in ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championship. (Photo: issasportsja)

Nestled in the hills of Manchester, the Holmwood Technical High school have managed take make a name for itself in the track and field world, having secured nine consecutive Girls’ Championships titles (from 2003 to 2011) and 10 overall.

Over the years, Holmwood Technical High School have produced world-class athletes such as Jamaican sprinter Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Jamaican hurdler Yanique Thompson and Jamaican sprinter Sonita Sutherland.

Coupled with there athletic talent, the girls of the Holmwood Technical High school is known for their brightly coloured maroon and gold hairstyles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy champs over the years which is often replicated by their female counterparts.

Edwin Allen High School

Edwin Allen High School athlete participating in ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championship. (Photo: issasportsja).

The Frankfield-based Edwin Allen High school continue to make a name for themselves among their track-and-field counterparts over the years.

Edwin Allen has managed to secure six consecutive titles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls’ Championship and nine overall titles at the event.

The rural school has nurtured and produced some of Jamaica’s finest track-and-field talent namely 400m hurdler, Riatananna Bailey-Cole, Jamaican sprinter Kevona Davis and young sprint duo Tia and Tina Clayton.


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