Excellence & Unity in Sports

The past few months have been a testament to the excellent sports programmes being implemented at our Mercy schools. A number of teams and student representatives within the sporting arena have represented our Mercy school community well both locally and internationally.

Special Olympics Unified Youth Exchange

Alpha Academy students, delegation members and the Director of Lions Club International.

In May, a Special Olympics delegation from Washington, DC spent a week in Jamaica for the implementation of the unified youth exchange programme. The programme, which previously sent a Special Olympics Jamaica delegation to Washington, DC in March, aims to “bring together youth with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in the exchange, in an aim to build cross-cultural understanding, engage in leadership development and foster bonds and connections across the globe.” Convent of Mercy Academy, Alpha and Genesis Academy were the main participants in the week’s activities and each highlighted their school’s curriculum and sports programmes to the visitors. A netball match featuring Akeilia Wilson (a student of Alpha Academy and one of Jamaica’s unified partners) was one of several events in the packed week. Through initiatives such as these, Special Olympics International aims to break down barriers between those with and without disabilities like cerebral palsy, autism, and Down syndrome.

Jessie Ripoll Track Meet

On 20th of April, athletes from Jessie Ripoll competed at the Kingston College Preparatory and Primary Development Meet. Under the guidance of Coach Jerome Morgan, the team continually placed in different events; garnering second place in the 100 metre class 3 girls and boys respectively; second place and third place in the 60 metre class 4 girls; and second place in the 60 metre class 4 boys.

Jessie Ripoll students at the development meet.

MSJ Prep Gymnastics and Track Success

In April, Mt St Joseph Preparatory School was declared the winner of the Prep School Regional Championships Gymnastics Award. Another regional gymnastics competition (i.e. the Trident Classic), was held in Barbados and saw the participation of several Jamaican teams like El Instituto de Mandevilla and DeCarteret College. MSJ Prep student, Zuyana Phillips, came third and the island of Jamaica came first overall. Furthermore, the MSJ Prep track team recently won gold at the Gibson Relays in the 4×100 meters Class 1 event.

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