The Hugh Campbell Hornets are the back-to-back champions of the Grand Bahama Primary School Athletic Association’s (GBPSAA) Primary School Track and Field Championships.
Earlier last month the Hornets once again ran away with the Big Primary School’s Division championship, securing their ninth ‘Big Schools’ title in 13 years. The occasion called for a celebration this past Thursday, May 16 at the school’s campus and ‘Hornets Country’ was abuzz with jubilation.
In front of their fellow peers the Hornets’ track and field team, dressed in their celebratory championship shirts, received their medals and were officially presented with the championship trophy.
Vice President of the GBPSAA Ravanno Ferguson and District Superintendent at the Ministry of Education for West Grand Bahama Ivan Butler both addressed the athletes and students, and congratulated the school on yet another championship feat. Ferguson touched briefly on the Hornets’ accomplishments within the past 13 years, which he attributed to the leadership of the coaches.
“We just want to congratulate you (athletes and coaches) on your back-to-back victory. It all stems from the leadership of the school and P.E teachers that brings out the best in you all,” he expressed, “It speaks volumes of your coaching staff that you all have won nine of the last 13 Primary School Island Sports. So n that note we want to encourage you to keep doing your best and to keep up the good work,” he concluded.
Butler was also excited to celebrate the occasion with the Hornets, and commended the GBPSAA for their slate of celebrations that transpired during the week.
“It is indeed a pleasure to be here. I’m glad that Mr. Ferguson and Mr. (Oswald) Simmons are here. Y’all were right to get on them for not having your medals on time, “ he voiced humorously, “On Tuesday of this week I was down in West End celebrating West End Primary for winning the girls softball championship. Now today I’m here celebrating with your track and field champions. To the P.E coaches, to win nine out of the last 13 years is an awesome job. You have plenty to celebrate with that.”
The aforementioned physical education teachers, Giovanni Campbell and Gizelle Pinder, have helped guide the Hornets to their powerhouse status in primary school track and field. As Campbell spoke on behalf of Pinder and himself, he noted that this feat would mean nothing without the hard work and dedication shown by the athletes.
“It just goes to show that hard work indeed does pay off. My colleague, Gizelle Pinder and I, we go above and beyond the call of duty for the children.
“They come out to practice, do their best, and they listen. It just goes to show they are as passionate about it as we are passionate about it. I can’t say I’ve seen a more hard working set of children. They have a ‘don’t quit’ attitude and they really made us proud. It shows that everything we’ve been doing has been working and I’m very proud of them,” he ended.
The Hornets won the ‘Big School’ division with a total 474 points. The Freeport Primary Conquerors trailed in a distant second place with a total of 335.5 points. The Walter Parker Pacers took third place and tallied 322.5 points, while the Maurice Moore Raccoons fell to fourth place with a total of 294 points.
Much like the Hornets, the Martin Town Knights repeated as champions of the ‘Medium Schools’ Division. The Knights finished with 264 points, well ahead of the Sunland Stingers who amassed 233 points. The Freeport Gospel Eagles rounded out the top three teams in that division with a total of 162.5 points. The Bartlett Hill Primary Invaders took fourth place with a total 126 points, followed by the Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors in fifth place with 90 points and the Mary Star Crusaders in sixth place with 29 points.
In the ‘Little Schools’ Division, the Holmes Rock Primary Dolphins dethroned the now, former champion Tabernacle Falcons. The new champions of that division finished ahead of the Falcons with 121.5 points. The Falcons came in second place with 111.5 points. The Lewis Yard Primary Eagles took third place with 58.5 points, followed by West End Primary in fourth place with 45 points. Rounding out the top five was East Grand Bahama, which totaled 35 points.