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Catch me if you can – Victor ludorum Kenny Alleyne was the star performer at the games
Catch me if you can – Victor ludorum Kenny Alleyne was the star performer at the games

Yesterday was a very proud moment for Kenny Alleyne.

The talented athlete led a strong team performance as Yellow House completed a hat-trick of victories at the annual Learning Centre Inter-House Athletics Championships held at Standard Playing Field, Orange Hill, St. JamesYellow House copped 111 points to finish a comfortable 27 points ahead of the second placed Red House with 84 points. Blue House was third with 75 points, narrowly edging Green House into fourth spot on 73 points.

Alleyne, a Division Three competitor, scored 18 points and emerged as the victor ludorum. His winning performances in the 100m, 200m, cricket ball throw, potato race and 4x100m relays, were the inspiration for fellow Yellow House athletes and divisional champions Darren Haynes, Deshon Skeete, Ricardo Bertram and Shaqualle Atherley to strain every sinew in ensuring top honours remained with their house.

Haynes emerged as the Division Two champ with nine points. Skeete tallied 15 points to be the best among the Division Three athletes, while Bertram and Atherley each scored 10 points to be the joint winners among the Division One athletes. Atherley and Bertram were showing their versatility having acquitted themselves very well on the table tennis table over the weekend during the table tennis championships.

Glory for Red House

Red House had the consolation of producing the best female athlete at the games in multi-skilled victrix ludorum Ziesha Hinds who tallied 18 points. Hinds scored victories in the 80m, sack race, lime and spoon race, soft ball throw and the 4x100m relay.

Also having an excellent day on the field was Red House’s Renee Browne who took the Division One title with 14 points as a result of good performances in both the sprints and novelty events. Green House might have finished last this year but there was no dishonour there. They produced two of the better female athletes during the meet. Sherrie-Ann Burnett was the best among the Division Two girls with 14 points while Jalisa Clarke scored 13 points to be the best Division Three competitor.

Reanna Belgrave was also outstanding. Competing in the category titled Junior Special Combined, Belgrave out-did both boys and girls to come away with bragging rights in the running and skill events.

Athletes took part in events ranging from the 50m, 80m, 100m, 150m and 4x100m to the shot put, cricket ball throw, target throw and novelty races.

Several parents, guardians, teachers and supporters were at the St. James grounds to give encouragement to the youngsters.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY after the games, principal of the Learning Centre, Dawn Rudder, not only congratulated Yellow House and the athletes who performed outstandingly to ensure their success, but she also lavished praise on all the athletes who once again made the games an overwhelmingly exciting affair.

“It was a day of very keen competition, contested in very good spirit and with excellent sportsmanship,” Rudder said.

The long-time educator expressed the Learning Centre’s gratitude to coaches from the National Sports Council who had worked with the athletes. She also hailed the input from Special Olympics Barbados in making the day a success.

“It was a wonderful occasion for all involved,” she said. (WG)

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