KINGSTON: Digicel is challenging Jamaicans to put their creativity to work and win up to $300,000 for designing an official mascot for the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships. Following a successful inaugural staging of the high-school athletics series earlier this year, the full-service communications firm is adding a mascot that will become an important identifying feature of the event. Dubbed by fans as the ‘Diamond League’ of youth athletics, the Digicel Grand Prix will launch early January. “Mascots help play a meaningful role in engaging and captivating young audiences and inspiring them to participate in activity. Our mascot will help to support the growth of the Grand Prix amongst youth supporters and spectators at-large,” noted Peter Lloyd, marketing director at Digicel Jamaica. Entries close Friday Entries opened on Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 18. Interested persons may visit the Digicel Jamaica Facebook page for entry forms and more information. For their efforts, the first-place winner will receive $300,000, while the second-and third-place winners will receive $150,000 and $50,000, respectively. “We are calling on all creative minds to invent a character that is imaginary and original. It could be an animal, a person, or object. It should reflect the youth and vibrancy of the Jamaican student-athlete and the Digicel brand. Each design should also include a name for the mascot. We want participants to let their imagination run wild,” Lloyd explained. Submissions for the Digicel Grand Prix Mascot competition must be sent to email@example.com, attn: ‘Digicel Grand Prix Mascot Competition’. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship will be hosted for the second time in February 2016. The track-and-field series will include six development meets that will be held over a four-week period. These meets are the Western Championships, Central Championship, Camperdown Classics, Youngster Goldsmith Development Meet, Corporate Area Development Meet and the grand finale, the GC Foster Classics. This year, the company is expected to increase cash prizes, academic scholarships and other incentives.
Parents revel in children’s successThe feelings, priceless, the emotions, bare for all to see.Such was the joy and pleasure felt by the parents of Jamaican West Indies Under-19 representatives and players, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks, who returned yesterday at Norman Manley International Airport.The trio – Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks – were members of the West Indies Under-19 team, who captured the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last weekend.”Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” said an elated Ancena Scarlett-Smith, mother Odean, whose warm embrace brought smile to his face on arrival.”I didn’t get to listen it,” she said of the final against India, which was held early last Sunday in Bangladesh.”However, somebody came over the house – at that time I was not awake as yet – and tell Odean father say ‘you know say them win’.”I flew up on the bed same time and start to scream and said, ‘Thank you Father!'” the St Elizabeth native continued.FEELING REALLY GOOD”I’m feeling good, really good, as even though the West Indies has been losing, his father and I really love cricket.”A fast-bowling all-rounder, Smith did not play in the final, but was a member of the team for their opening two matches against England and Fiji.This West Indies lost to England in their opener, but went on to defeat Fiji, a victory, which would spur a run of five straight wins and the regional side first hold on the premier youth world title.”I’m very happy and very proud and want to just give God thanks that they went and did it,” stated Kenute Frew, father of Michael Frew, who contested all the games for the regional outfit.”In the final, I was really tense during the West Indies batting as it (winning runs) was getting closer and closer and closer.”I was saying to myself, just as how they had bowled out India cheaply, if they would come and return the favour.”The Westmoreland native added: “I sat down in front of the TV for about five, six minutes (after the win), couldn’t move, as I was so overjoyed, knowing that I was seeing my son there making the country and the whole West Indies proud.”Leleith Crooks, the mother of Shahid, who was a reserve throughout, said he was happy to journey from St Elizabeth to Kingston to see the pride and joy.”I’m so proud of him,” she asserted. “I know that from he was small he was so passionate about cricket.”Sometimes he would say, ‘Mummy come throw two balls at me. Come on, you don’t want one day you can tell them say that you used to throw some balls at me?'””Well, it has come through, and I feel good to know that because of him, I am here today.”The West Indies defeated Pakistan in the quarter-finals and hosts Bangladesh in the semi-finals before going on to beat India by five wickets in the tournament decider.
COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):Windward Islands Volcanoes cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the final day of their final round game of the Regional four-day championship at the National Cricket Centre here yesterday.Volcanoes ended their season on a high as they rode a century stand between opener Tyrone Theophile and middle-order batsman Sunil Ambris after losing three wickets before lunch.Chasing a victory target of 166, Windwards, resuming from their overnight score of eight without loss, coasted to 169 for three by midafternoon as the curtains came down on a long four-day season.Theophile spearheaded the chase with a powerful knock of 83 not out, while Ambris was unbeaten on 54.Volcanoes stumbled on the chase, slipping to 68 for the loss of three wickets, including the prolific opener Devon Smith for four.However, Theophile and Ambris started their partnership before lunch and managed to pull Volcanoes back on course and improve their position to 113 by the break, reaching 57 and 25, respectively.Theophile batted through the innings, clobbering 10 fours and a six, while Ambris counted 10 boundaries in his unbeaten innings.Earlier, Theophile dominated a second-wicket stand of 48 with Jerlani Robinson, who scored 19.Volcanoes picked up 17 points for their win, but they were not sufficient to surpass Red Force in the final points standings.Volcanoes closed the season on 64 points in fifth position, below Red Force, whose four points from the match took them to 81 points and fourth position on the table..