ITDATThe IT DAT ACADEMY’S Annual Track and Field Summer Camp has ended.

The Camp, in its 5th year, attracted 52 participants, with the focus being on general conditioning and introduction to the Hurdles.

In addition, participants were exposed to the principles of Farming and were given motivational talks by various speakers.

Michael Ollivierre, the head of It Dat Track Club, said the objectives of the camp were “to introduce the sport to the young, new ones; to expose participants to the principles of hurdling; to begin early preparation phase for the more mature athletes; expose them to the principles of Farming and Gardening.”

In the end, the former Jamaica team coach, said it was a success “We had 52 participants ages 8 to 20 over the six-week period. We did a gardening project at the Sports Complex…..and planted egg-plants/Tomatoes and Cabbage on a plot of land made available. Think I have unearthed some Hurdlers.”

Continuing, he added, “Brandon Valentine-Parris is our first Olympian having participated at Rio Olympic Games, while 800m runner, Kasique Oliver, is off on a Track Scholarship to Munroe College in New York.”

However, after much success, Ollivierre further stated there’s “still no support from the governing body.”

The National Lotteries Authority, Tus-T Water and Webb Schoolboy Beer sponsored the Camp, which lasted six weeks.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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