The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) presented Guy’s Hill High School, with a total of five laptops at a Handing Over Ceremony which was held at the JADCO office located at 1 Ballater Avenue in Kingston on Thursday, April 7, 2022.
Guy’s Hill High School was presented with the laptops for having the most participants online at the eighth annual Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop for region one. Region one includes secondary schools from Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine.
The 2021 series of workshops were held virtually for the second time due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The workshops were held via Zoom for four regions across the island during the month of October. Guy’s Hill High School was declared the winner for the second consecutive year. During 2021, they were presented with 25 Samsung tablets for having the most participants online at the 2020 Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop for region one.
Speaking at the Handing Over Ceremony, The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport said, “I wish to commend and congratulate the awardees and to laud JADCO for the acquisition of 25 laptops at a cost of over $4 million. We are aware that this is part of JADCO’s continued effort to partner with the Ministry of Education and Youth to include anti-doping information in the curriculum of schools.”
Also speaking at the event, Chairman of JADCO, Alexander Williams said, “We are delighted to have awarded Guy’s Hill High school with five laptop computers for their participation in the 2021 Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshops. Today I urge the recipients to make use of the devices and take good care of them.” He further added, “Throughout this year, we will be utilising our resources to reward five additional schools that participated in the 2021 Virtual Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshops with JADCO branded Lenova Thinkpad E15 series laptops. These schools had the most participants online for the remaining regions across the island. I am also pleased to announce that the Commission intends to continue providing incentives to the student athletes who support the annual Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshops.”
Principal of Guy’s Hill High School, Cecil Donald said, “I personally want to laud the work being done by JADCO to provide technological equipment. I want you to know that they are coming into safe hands.”
Head Girl of Guy’s Hill High School, Shayanique Neil said, “Not only once but twice, JADCO has recognised our students and I realise it is very challenging for these students, especially without laptops. We are indeed very grateful to the JADCO family and the members who were on board and we will take care of the laptops.”
In the upcoming weeks, 18 laptops will be presented to schools from the remaining regions, which includes region two, with schools from Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth, region three with schools from Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and sections of Trelawny and region four, which includes schools from St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland and sections of Trelawny. In addition, two laptops will be presented to two primary schools as part of our outreach activities.
Over 900 junior athletes and their support personnel from four regions across the island attended the virtual series of the 2021 Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshops.
JADCO hosted the inaugural Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop for athletes and athlete support personnel at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. This workshop has been held annually since 2014.