Minister of Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo (FP)??

Some of the campers attending Government’s summer camps will show their athletic prowess over the next few days as they compete in the inaugural inter-zonal athletic championships.

At an opening ceremony yesterday afternoon at King George V Park, St. Philip, for the Eastern Zone athletes, Minister of Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, praised the organisers of the event, the camp directors, their assistants and counsellors.?? She?? stated that the competition could be developed into a national summer games.

"Government is really appreciative of the hard work the camp directors and their assistants have put in to make sure that all the children are having a great time. I know you have put your blood, sweat, tears, heart and soul into the camps and I know you did it long before you got any money for it. You have really given above and beyond to make it a special experience for all the children; one they will never forget," Dr. Byer Suckoo told the nearly 1600 persons gathered in the park.

Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley, told the coordinators that they must keep the faith in the camps, stating that "it is a wonderful idea".

Mr. Lashley urged community-minded persons to get involved in the camp programme. He also promised to provide medals for the outstanding athletes and to ??support the games next year.

The Central Zone competed today at St. Leonard’s Boys’, while the Northern Zone will have their turn tomorrow at the sports grounds in Speightstown and the Southern Zone will have theirs on Friday at Foundation School.

Athletes competed in a number of activities, including sack and potato races, balloon toss and relays.

The zones will compete against each other at the finals on Friday, August 14, at the National Stadium.


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