St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) held their very first Sports Awards Ceremony on Saturday July 2, at the school’s auditorium; the school intends to make the ceremony an annual one.
The auditorium was packed and parents looked on proudly as their children accepted trophies and certificates for their various accomplishments. The awards ceremony was fitting, given that the students had accomplished so much for 2016 alone. And we’re only in July. The school’s successes for 2016 include: first and second place in table tennis, first place in schools’ swimming, second place U20 Female Volleyball, third place U15 Netball; they are also the Girls’ Champs for Inter-School Athletics.
“I think there is a lot of potential within our students,” the school’s principal, Sister Rufina Donat told YO! in an interview.
“We felt it necessary for us to acknowledge the hard work of our athletes; we have done very well for this season,” she said.
When questioned on what was the highlight of the night for her, she said, “The highlight of the night for me was really looking at our Senior Sportswoman of the Year, Jemiah Avariste.”
She continued, “This is a child who came in and we have seen such growth. She’s on the national team for netball and she participates in track and field. She’s a child who’s determined; she gives off herself and looking at where she came from, and where she is now, I’m very proud of her. It was very emotional for me seeing her tonight.”
The principal has high hopes for SJC and during the interview, spoke of some of the challenges athletes face; things she wish to see changed.
“There are a few limitations that we have in terms of training space at the school. In fact we do not have training facilities because our netball court is taken over by the community and it’s very difficult for students to train so sometimes they have to go to the Complex and it comes at a cost and is also time consuming. So we have that setback,” she said.
“I just pray for the time when we will have the facilities right here at SJC so that our students can be better equipped. They are talented but the limited resources can sometimes be a drawback for them,” the principal added.
Sister Rufina also thanked the coaches for their hard work, saying, “I really need to say thank you to the coaches especially the support coaches, because without them it would have been difficult for us to do all the training on our own.”
There were many winners that night, amongst them three Sportswomen of the Year: Aaliyah Estephor (Junior), Aryel Leonard (Intermediate) and Jemiah Avariste (Senior).