The dates for next year’s National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championship (NAPSAC) have been set and at least two new initiatives will be introduced.

This disclosure has come from Chairman of the NAPSAC Committee, Michael Jules, who said the zones would be renamed after outstanding local athletes and a NAPSAC website would be launched in the future.

The zones will be named: the Obadele Thompson Zone (one), the Andrea Blackett Zone (two), the Anton Norris Zone (three), the Jim Wedderburn Zone (four), and the Patsy Callender Zone (five). The zonal meets will run from March 1 to 5, while the semi-final is slated for March 12 and the finals for March 19.

Mr. Jules made the comments today at an appreciation ceremony and press briefing at the National Sports Council’s Headquarters for sponsors and the media for their contribution to NAPSAC, which was held last month. 

President of the Barbados Union of Teachers, Karen Best, said this year’s NAPSAC was very good. 

“We had stands filled to capacity and we had to turn back persons… 2010 will be even better and we may have to find additional stands at the stadium,” she quipped.
Mrs. Best praised the Ministry of Education, Transport Board and the parents for supporting the championship.

Acting Director of Sports, Mona Alleyne, echoed similar sentiments to Mrs. Best, stating that some changes were made, which led to the successful staging of NAPSAC. She disclosed that some potential sponsors had already expressed a desire to be involved in next year’s event.

Those companies receiving awards included Nation Workbook/Yearbook, Quality Performance Systems, Medic Response, Ellco Rentals, Barbados Teachers Cooperative Credit Union, Wibisco, School House, the Barbados Government Information Service, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and the Nation Publishing Company.

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