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MQI assisting athletic club with tour to Canada.

Frances Patrick, left, received the sponsor’s cheque in the company’s recently-opened state-of-the-Art Mazda Showroom of McEnearneyQuality Inc (MQI), Wildey, St.Michael, from Office Administration Assistant, Rhonda Durant.

The Rising Stars Track and Field Club,  a non-for-profit organisation based at the Lester Vaughan School, Cane Garden, St.Thomas received a major boost ahead of their tour to Toronto, Canada later this year.

It came from multi-brand automotive dealer McEnearneyQuality Inc (MQI) who handed over a cheque on Wednesday to Frances Patrick during a presentation ceremony in the company’s recently-opened State-of-the-Art Mazda Showroom, Wildey.

And Office Adminstration Assistant, Rhonda Durant, in making the presentation, said it was part of the company’s social responsibility to the community in which it serves, as well as having a presence in the affairs of the youth of Barbados.

“Anything to assist the youth in their laudable undertakings, this company will usually give a listening ear to. We cannot help everyone who comes, but we do our part as good corporate citizen”, she added.

The club’s manager and assistant coach Cameron Greenidge,  in thanking MQI,  said it’s an athletic tour from July 12 -22, but the track meet will take place on July 16 & 16 at York University, Toronto pitting the club against athletes from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Bermuda and the USA.

“It will be the fifth time that Rising Stars would be competing at the track meet and we are hoping to better our performances of 2013 and 2014 when we finished third”, he noted.

Greenidge said that the meet is run along similar lines as the local National Primary School Athletic Championship and the Barbados Secondary School athletic championships and they are looking to finish in the top five.

“Taking part in the Toronto meet will also help with the club with it’s pre-season preparation”, he added.

Greenidge said that the Rising Stars Track and Field Club has been existence for 12 years and has produced some notable athletes such as the 2009 World 110m hurdles champion, His Excellency Ambassador Ryan Brathwaite, Kerrie Beckles, the 2008 Commonwealth Youth 100m hurdles champion and record holder,  as well as national record holder, Olympian and World indoor 60m bronze medalist Ramon Gittens,  and national long jump champion, Shamar Rock. 

“In our existence the Rising Stars Track and Field Club has stuck to the objectives set,  which is to improve the level of track and field in Barbados, the region as well as internationally”, he added.

Alwyn Babb is the club’s Head Coach who holds the distinction of being a five time Coach-of-the-Year for athletics and netball. He was also the coach of the Barbados team to the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

 

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