Eight Primary Schools, divided into two divisions, one for schools with over 100 students and the other for schools with under 100 students took part. Gingerland amassed a total of 242 points to top Division A, and also overall championship. In their wake were Charlestown Primary with 222points, St. Thomas with 179and Prospect with 138 points.
Gingerland Primary school also produced the Victrix Ludorum in Shyra Claxton who had a total of 20individual points in Class 3F.St. James’ won in Division B by amassing a total of 47and was followed by Charles-town Preparatory with 44, St. John’s 40 and Combermere bringing up the rear with 34points.
Public half holiday to accommodate Primary Schools Championship (March 2004)
Through a proclamation by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Wednesday March 31,from 12:00 noon, was declared a public half-holiday on Nevis to facilitate the holding of the most popular sporting event on the island, the Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Championship held at Grove Park starting 11:00 a.m. As the glad tiding was received on Tuesday March 30, the defending champions, Gingerland Primary School, got off to an encouraging start on the road to defend the title they snatched last year from their perennial rivals Charlestown Primary, when their sponsor, TDC Nevis Ltd, presented them with a sponsorship cheque and tracksuits at a function held on the school compound. Marketing director for TDC Nevis Ltd, Mr. Ernie France, who was accompanied by the assistant manager for the TDC Home and Building Depot, Ms Keesha Jones, said that the donation, which is the fifth in a row, was to assist with the students’ participation in the Primary Schools Primary Champion-ship this year. In the past, TDC had pro-vided T-shirts to the athletes, but on the suggestion of the school’s principal, Mrs. Marion Lescott, the company agreed on taking the sponsorship a little further by pro-viding all the athletes with warm-up track suits that they would wear for the march past and also between events to keep their muscles and bodies warm. “We are indeed pleased to be associated with the primary school,” commented Mr. France. “At a time when there are so many negative forces out there that can easily distract our young people, we are indeed very pleased to be associated with an event which can only have a positive impact on the lives of these primary school students. ”All the schools had sponsors this year. St. John’s had been sponsored by Lefco Equipment and Rental Services, St. James’ by Nevis Electricity Company (Nevlec), Charlestown Primary by Iris Foundation and Beaumont Corporation, St. Thomas by Sunshine’s Beach Bar and Grill, Combermere by Nisbet Plantation Inn and Beach Club, Charlestown Preparatory by British American and Western Union while Prospect was sponsored by Noel’s Courtesy Garage and Car Rentals.
Guishard urges all to accept judges’ decisions (March 2004)
Speaking at the official opening ceremony of the 12than-nual Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Champion at Grove Park on Wednesday March31, the Hon Acting Premier, Mr. Malcolm Guishard, called upon the thousands of residents and visitors in attendance to accept the Judges’ decisions. He advised: “One does not need to argue and one does not need to get into a fight over who came first or who came second, or that the judging was wrong. I am asking parents and supporters to accept the judges’ decisions.” Sponsored by Gulf Insurance Company Limited, through its local agent, A L Evelyn, the championship, dubbed “Nevis’ Mini Olympics”, held a colourful march past with an array of athletes from eight primary schools being inspected by a number of officials, including Acting Premier, the Hon Malcolm Guishard, Junior Minister of Youth & Sports, the Hon Laughton Brandy, Gulf Insurance representative from Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Kenneth Kong and the 2004 Patron, Ms Latoya Bussue. Junior Minister of Sport, the Hon Laughton Brandy in giving the keynote address called upon the athletes to set high goals for themselves. He said: “I would wish that you would resist any negative persuasion, which could rob you of achieving your goals. This will require of you to be strong and to show the kind of determination that will keep you on the right track.” Representative of Gulf Insurance, Mr. Kenneth Kong and Mrs. Lornette Manners, Acting Principal Education Officer also gave brief remarks while Ms Tamu Reid, first ever Ms Farm Queen presented a plaque to Mr. Kong on behalf of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association and the Ministry of Education. A minute silence was ob-served in honour of the late Mr. Morrell Newton, an athlete who once held primary school records. He died on March 18, 2004. The Patron, Latoya Bussue, following the reading of the competitors’ and officials’ oaths, declared the 2004 Primary School Championship open
Nick Prentice is meet’s darling (March 2004)
You would have expected him to tell his mother to take him home to rest. But Nick David Prentice Jr., 6 (born April 29, 1997) would not take that kind of crap. A member of the Charlestown Preparatory School’ steam for the Nevis Mini Olympics, as he was being driven to Grove Park, the car he was riding got involved in an accident near Rams Wholesale on the Island Main Road, and he received a nasty gash on his forehead. His mother took him to the hospital, and even as he was soaking in blood, he told her that he had to go and run. He received medical attention and at Grove Park he won his race, 100m class 6M.
Picture on left shows Nick (extreme left) passing the finish line after leaving the other competitors behind in his wake, even with a bandaged forehead