The Inter-Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (ISSA) celebrates the first 100 years of organised, mainstream, high school athletics in Jamaica, with the release of a commemorative 400-page publication – “Champs 100 – A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010″ – by author and veteran sports broadcaster, Hubert Lawrence.
The book traces the origins of rivalries that have preserved the high standard of competition for a century, and does much to explain the persistence of Jamaican track and field athletics – particularly sprinters – at the top levels of world athletics.
Heavily illustrated, Champs 1o0 contains over 1000 photographs, as well as features that take an in-depth view of many of the Champs stars who have delighted fans over the years.
Track fans will witness the legends of Arthur Wint, Miller, Don Quarrie, Merlene Ottey, Bert Cameron, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell, Melaine Walker, Ray Stewart, Sherone Simpson, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Yohan Blake – and of course – Usain Bolt, and many others, long before they hit the international stage, when they were simply high school track stars.
There is a chapter for every year of competition, comprehensive championship statistics, and a detailed discussion on the merger of the Boys’ and Girls’ Champs into one meet in 1999.
This book is a must-have for any serious track & field fan. It is available locally at Sangster’s Book stores, and online at greathouseomnimedia.com.