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blink | bmobile Foundation celebrates undefeated Gasparillo at VEDSA Games

All smiles as these young ladies show off their winning medals
All smiles as these young ladies show off their winning medals
Gasparillo zone won the Victoria Education District Association (VEDSA) championships yet again, at the 2014 games held recently at the Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre. 
 
Gasparillo, a consistent winner at these championships, was one of seven zones competing in the competition sponsored annually by the blink | bmobile Foundation. Hundreds of pupils participated in 32 track events. The competition winners will represent their districts in the National Primary Schools’ Games. 
 
Devanan Maharaj, School Supervisor II Ag., stressed how important blink | bmobile’s commitment is to the games’ continuation. “It would be very difficult for us to put on these 
sports without blink | bmobile’s support, they have been out title sponsor for the past few year and with their support we are able to put on a successful event every year” 
 
He added that VEDSA is now developing its sports programme “so that we can be among the best in the country.” 
 
Harigobin Jhinkoo, Executive Vice President, Human Resources at blink | bmobile, who formally opened the Games said that the southern schools “today reinforces the importance 
of exposing our children to sports as well as academics in order to encourage they are not just about the holistic development of children.” He said such events contribute to the physical, mental and psychological growth of the children involved and outcome brings well rounded adults well prepared to perform. 
 
Alumni of the VEDSA games, which have been staged for more than 60 years, include Olympians Keston Bledman and Hasely Crawford, and field star Alicia Tyson. 
 
Salimah Ali, 11, of the Lengua Islamia TIA School said taking part in the games contributed to her and her schoolmates’ sense of achievement.
 
Susie Sabale-Lyons, principal of Mayo RC School, said the games gave students needed exposure. They contribute to physical development, team spirit, cooperation, and self-discipline.
 
She said, “One of the things I would love to have happen is to have Physical Education teachers in each primary school.” She pointed out that the new Continuous Assessment 
Component of the SEA exams now requires Physical Education to be taught and assessed at the primary school level. 
 
The march past this year was won by San Fernando East zone represented by Mon Repos RC, with Williamsville zone in second place, represented by Eckel Village AC. San Fernando East also came second overall in the games, followed by Claxton Bay/Tortuga zone in third place. 
  
The Victor and Victrices Ludorum in the respective age groups are as follows: 
 
Under-9 Age Group 
Kareem Solomon of Claxton Bay/Tortuga and Sierra Joseph of San Fernando North 
 
9-11 Age Group 
Adriel Bruce of San Fernando North and Sherryann Canhai of La Romaine/Debe who shared the title of Victrix Ludorum with Reneil David of Claxton Bay/Tortuga 
 
11-13 Age Group 
The Victors were Adica Ash of Gasparillo zone and Tyrell Toby of Claxton Bay/Tortuga, who tied and The Victrix Ludorum for this age group was Gabriella Walters of the Gasparillo zone. 
 
13-15 Age Group 
Joshua Butler of San Fernando East zone and Maria Garcia of Gasparillo zone