Calabar under fire again - Students caught making derogatory chants about KC

By Sports Desk April 02, 2019

Dethroned ISSA Grace/Kennedy Boys and Girls’ champions Calabar have once again found themselves at the centre of the storm after members of the student body were caught making derogatory chants on camera.

In the video making the rounds on social media, a large number of students, seemingly at a general assembly in the school’s auditorium, utter disparaging chants that suggested members of the Kingston College community were a derogatory term used to describe homosexuals.

It was Kingston College that claimed bragging rights in the latest instalment of the rivalry, after ending the seven-year dominance of the Red Hill Road-based institution, last weekend at the boys' championship.  The videos have already been widely condemned.  The school has already quickly apologized for the event, with a delegation of teachers and students expected to head to Kingston College tomorrow as part of a conciliatory outreach effort.

The organization found itself under fire, ahead of the championships, for the handling of disciplining high school track students Christopher Taylor and D’ejour Russell following allegations of assault made by a physics teacher.

  Although the incident happened in December, the teacher had suggested that the students not be allowed to participate in Champs after being allowed to take part in track and field events despite being suspended for five days by the school.     

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    Kingston College (KC) head coach Leaford Grant believes better man management, which limited the workload shouldered by individual athletes, was a key factor in a record ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships-winning performance on Saturday.

    The north street-based team put together several powerful performances, which led to the highest ever points total of 395.5.  The points total, which was good enough to dethrone champions Calabar but was also a record for the games, eclipsed the previous mark of 368.5 set by the dethroned champions.

    Grant revealed that the unprecedented success was brought about by a break with traditional practices of sorts, which often sees athletes compete in as many events as possible.

    “What we tried to do was not to overburden the athletes.  We tried to use one athlete per event so that we did not put a lot of pressure on our athletes,” Grant said.

    “Probably in the past you would have seen a number of athletes doing more than one events at Champs.  We realized have so many athletes doing more than one events put a strain on the youngster’s bodies,” he added.

    “We decided that we weren’t to do that this year. The results were fewer injuries and we had a good Champs .”

    En route to winning their first title since 2009 and dethroning seven-time champions Calabar the Purples suffered did, in fact, suffer very few injuries and mishaps.

     

     

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