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Robinson, Forde win Atlantic Primary School 3K

Trinidad Guardian :: 12.05.2018

Kevin Robinson from Cumana AC and Kaleigh Forde from Dunross Preparatory topped the field of 214 primary school athletes who ran in Mayaro on Wednesday in the Atlantic National Primary Schools 3K Road Race, the opening event in this season's primary school athletics.

Inclement weather earlier in the morning delayed the start of the event and added the challenge of puddles along the race route from Mayaro RC to Mayaro Government.

Robinson, 14, won the overall boys' category in a time of 12 minutes and 24 seconds, while Tafari Waldron, 13, from Belmont SDA and Ben-Israel Bannister, 12 from Mason Hall Government were second and third place respectively with times of 12.41 and 13.01.

In the girls' category, Forde, 12, sprinted to the finishing line in 13.48, easily outpacing two rivals from Valencia South Government who were closest on her heels: Hannah Heath, 13 and Tashanique McFarlane, 13, who came second and third respectively with times of 14.09 and 14.47.

Anil Seunath, Branding and Sponsorships Officer, Atlantic said that the children showed discipline and determination throughout the race, which was a great testimony to their training.

"The wet streets did not stop the children," Seunath said. "This is exactly the kind of spirit and drive that we at Atlantic want to see in the boys and girls who participate in the programmes we sponsor."

Joseph Brewster, president of the National Primary Schools Track and Field Association said that he was impressed with the children's performance.

"We are seeing the future long-distance runners for T&T and it generally starts in the primary schools. We are actually the foundation for track and field, and we are doing our part in terms of producing the athletes for future events, in terms of internationally, starting at this stage."

The 3K is staged every year by the association as the precursor to the season's main event, the Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships, which get underway on May 23 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo. Both the Road Race and the Championships are managed by the association, with support from the Ministry of Education and sponsorship by LNG production company Atlantic.


Robinson, Forde win Atlantic Primary School 3K
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Kevin Robinson, right, of Cumana AC and Dunross Preparatory's Kaleigh Forde show off their trophies after emerging champion of the Atlantic Primary School 3K Road Race in Mayaro on Wednesday.

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