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Annual cross country meet might be in jeopardy

  • Some of the physical education teachers in the Government Secondary Schools Sporting Association (GSSSA) are refusing to stay behind and prepare the student-athletes for the annual C.H. Reeves Cross Country meet if they are not being compensated. FILE

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Oct 19, 2013

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Guardian Sports has learned that the annual C.H. Reeves Cross Country meet might just be in jeopardy if government schools decide not to compete.

It was reported that some of the physical education teachers in the Government Secondary Schools Sporting Association (GSSSA) are refusing to stay behind and prepare the student-athletes if they are not being compensated. If this is the case, the meet, which was a permanent fixture on the calendar, attracting hundreds of participants over the years will no longer be held. Appearing on one of the local talk shows, Trevor Strachan, the meet’s main sponsor, expressed his disappointment about the current state the sport is in.

Strachan said: “We’ve been sponsoring the C.H. Reeves Cross Country championships for the last nine years. When we initially started sponsoring it, we started off with basically a $2,500 meet. Up until last year, that blossomed up to about $16,000. What we wanted to do is give a high quality meet, give the kids an incentive to come out and run and to give good awards at the end of the day. The government has not, and has never taken part in the funding of our meet. We are an independent sponsor that wanted to invest into the kids, and the growth of all sports inside of our nations. That is what we were interested in because I am a track a field coach and we used this as a feeder system to prepare our track and field calendar. That way we can see who will be ready and who needs a little more of this and a little more of that.

“What has happened is, we have partnered with C.H. Reeves for the last nine years. When Ms. Conyers who is in charge of our entry forms, about a month ago she went ahead and was giving those out. When she went back to those teachers, especially those from the government sector, we found out that most of the teachers said that they were not interested in doing it anymore because we were doing this basically afterschool, and on our own time. And the government has withdrawn their stipend that they were given at that end of the year, which was $1,500.”

The annual C.H. Reeves Cross Country meet is usually held the first week in November. Strachan said they are considering hosting the meet next year if a resolution is met.

 


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