For the second consecutive year, the Martin Town Primary Knights stood tall as champions of the Medium School Division of the 2019 Grand Bahama Primary School Athletic Association Primary School Track and Field Championships.
Back on April 9, the Knights dominated the final day of competition to repeat as champions. They 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 coronation of the Knights took place this past Thursday at the Martin Town Primary campus in Martin Town, Eight Mile Rock. Happily, obliged to attend and celebrate with the Knights was Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Pakesia Edgecombe-Parker.
“I consider it a pleasure always when I’m asked to impart a few words to our youth in this community and throughout the country,” she shared, “So I’m happy to be here with you all this morning. We’re to congratulate the young people of this school because indeed you are champions. Many times we don’t want to get out of bed and not push ourselves. But all the athletes that competed that day got out of their beds and pushed themselves and come first overall.”
The MP furthered that no amount of success comes without hard work and credited the athletes, coaches: Lucille Sherman and Mario Mott, and the school’s faculty for working tirelessly to ensure the students are well equipped academically and athletically.
“Hard work really pays off and at the end of the day anything you achieve comes as a result of hard work.
“I am happy that each of you went out there as a team and put forward that teamwork effort and now we are here celebrating each and every one of you today.
At the end of the day it’s just like a relay. You have different persons that are going to be taking part in all of it; your teachers, coaches, parents and community all rooting for you. This is what really builds a child because at the end of the day we all need each other.”
Parker-Edgecombe later urged the students to work just as hard with their education. And while she noted the challenges the athletes faced with lack of equipment, she ultimately commended the heart and talent the athletes showed once it came time to defend their championship.
“In spite of the challenges you may have, despite that you may not have everything at your feet you show up, you show out and come out as champions and that is what life is all about.
“I need for each and every one of you to take your education seriously. For those who want to go off to college be track athletes you first must know the importance of education.”
Ministry of Education District Superintendent for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Ivan Butler was also on tap to celebrate with the Knights of Martin Town and announced the school was awarded a special “Dress Up Day” on behalf of the District.
“I too just want to congratulate Martin Town on a well-deserved victory. You deserve everything you got today. I bring congratulations also from our Director of Education Dr. Marcellus Taylor.
“On that note we have a little treat for you. Please let your Principal know that your District Superintendent has given you all a dress up day. So, whenever you want that dress up day its yours courtesy of the District.”
President of the Grand Bahama Principals/Vice Principals Association Gia Walker also shared her congratulatory remarks to the Knights saying, “Congratulations to the students of Martin Town Primary doing exceptionally well at Island Sports. You worked hard. So today you are going to be recognized and rewarded for your skills and talents in track and field.
“Continue to strive for excellence as you are equipped to excel and move forward to the future. The future belongs to those of you who believe in the beauty of your dreams.”
The athletes were later presented with their medals for their outstanding achievements. Among the athletes that received medals were: Jayden Jean who won the silver medal in the Under 7 Boys’ Ball Throw. Sabriya Campbell won the silver medal in the Under 9 Girls’ 100 meters and bronze in the 200m. Roberdine Phanord was the silver medalist in the Under 9 Girls’ 400m.
Zaiah Hendfield was a double gold medalist in the Under 11 Boys’ 400m and 1200m. Laban McIntosh also won gold in the Under 11 Boys’ Ball Throw. Elquan Pinder was recognized as the bronze medalist in the Under 9 Boys’ 100m. Lenikua Black received her bronze medal for her performance in the Under 11 Girls’ 100m. Clonicha Payoute received both her bronze medals for the 800m and 1200m.
Tervon Clarke was also a double medalist and came first in both the 100m and Long Jump and Daana Louissant won the bronze in the Under 13 Girls’ 1,500m.
Campbell, Phanord, along with Patrina Green and Nyoshi Oliver received their gold medalists as winners of the Under 9 Girls’ 4x100m relay. Meanwhile the Under 11 Girls’ tandem of Payoute, Lenikua and Lenikue Black and Makada Hepburn received their silver medals as runners-up in the Under 11 Girls’ 4x400m.