Relay Fair moves to Kensington

(From left) Ben Toppin, Dennis DePeiza, June Rudder and Leroy Harper.

Some of Barbados’ best athletes will be passing the baton at Kensington Oval when the 10th anniversary of the Barbados Relay Fair is staged on February 23.

The switch from the National Stadium to Fontabelle, St. Michael has been necessitated by the unavailability of the Waterford facility but at a media briefing today at Kensington Oval, organisers stressed that this year’s event would be a very special affair.

Regional Management Services’ Dennis DePeiza, one of the organising entities, said because of the dimensions of the Fontabelle ground a 300-metre track would be utilised for the approximately 42 relay events.

He noted that an innovation this year would be the introduction of an Activity Hot Spot that would provide an additional entertainment package for the entire family in addition to what was actually taking place on the grass track

Among the attractions are expected to be fun rides, jumping tents, face painting, haunting house and a host of other features.

Another organiser, June Rudder of Elite Sports, explained that because the athletes would be running on the sand-based grass tracks the times would necessarily be slower than usual. But, she added, a “historical document” would be prepared to record the day’s athletic activities.

She noted that because of the switch to Kensington Oval, a number of overseas teams which might have been coming to Barbados looking to run times to qualify for international events would not be doing so. She however added that there were still some that had shown an interest, including Guyana’s Tutorial High School.

Kensington Oval Management Inc.’s chief executive officer, Ben Toppin, said KOMI was not merely providing a facility for the Relay Fair but was partnering with the organisers to ensure a successful event. He said KOMI’s involvement especially related to the Activity Hot Spot.

Leroy Harper of Caribbean Sports Management† Enterprises stressed that the meet would give coaches and athletes an early opportunity to gauge their own performances and that of their competitors, irrespective of the fact that they would be running on a grass track.

DePeiza indicated that tickets would be sold at Kensington Oval on the day of the games but fans could also get early bird tickets which would be marginally cheaper than tickets sold on the day. Prices range between $15 and $25.

He added that the event would offer corporate Barbados advertising opportunities on the day of the games.The event is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. †††

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