June 2017

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At the close of the 2017 UWI Inter-Campus Games on June 1, 2017, two points separated the defending champions, Mona Campus, from their closest rivals. Mona tallied 102 points and Cave Hill was right behind with 100 points. St. Augustine closed with 76 points, coming in third place and the Open Campus team, which competed only for the second time in the Games’ 52-year-history, earned 18 points. The St. Augustine team came away overall winners in cricket, swimming and table tennis.

From May 25, teams comprising over 500 student athletes competed for athletic glory. The tournament, themed “The Making of Champions,” saw athletes test their talent and skills in ten disciplines and the atmosphere of friendly rivalry at the Games’ kick-off continued during the closing ceremony held at the Cave Hill Campus.

As he presented the trophy during the closing ceremony, UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles spoke of the extraordinary work of the coaches, administrators and the student athletes who contributed to the success of the event. “These Games are so important to the prestige of our institution and to the values we associate with higher education and the young citizens (whom) we are preparing to lead this region,” he said.

Host Campus Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau noted the athletes’ determination, perseverance, fighting spirit and magnanimity during the tournament. She said their fun-filled sportsmanship left an indelible mark on each person present and served as a reminder that even though they came from four Campuses, they represented a unified UWI. “You have given us eight unforgettable days,” said Professor Barriteau. I am sure that most of you came as competitors and are leaving as friends. Such is the power of The UWI Inter-Campus Games—to unify, forge lasting friendships, create lasting memories, break down insularity, and set the stage for the formation of crucial alliances that can foster and facilitate personal and institutional bonding. And in doing all of this, we strengthen regionalism, because this Caribbean belongs to all of us, but especially to you, the region’s future.”

The next UWI Games will be hosted by the Mona Campus in 2019.

Photos: Keyon Mitchell