KINGSTON – The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) held its inaugural National Poster Competition award ceremony last week with top honours going to Yanque Yip of Knox College High School in Clarendon.
Yip, who was also adjudged as having the best illustration, was among eight students from schools across the island, who were presented with trophies and certificates of participation at the ceremony held on the roof of the Advantage General Building in Kingston.
Second place went to Shantuai Garrison from Edith Dalton James High, who also copped the prize for the best use of colour. Kyron Lennox also of Knox, placed third, while Kingston Technical High’s Tewayne Sergeant received the award for most original poster.
Making the presentations to the awardees were Special Advisor to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and one of the judges for the competition, Allie McNab; Chairman of JADCO, Alexander Williams; and Executive Director of the organisation, Dr. Patrece Charles-Freeman.
Mr. McNab lauded the creative talent of the eight finalists, noting that “given the quality of work presented to us as judges, all eight are winners."
He also commended the teachers for the support they provided to the students in producing the quality of work presented.
Executive Director of JADCO, Dr. Charles-Freeman thanked the sponsors, which included Jamaica Information Service (JIS), National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), Fairway Distributors Limited, Pressbox Printers, and U2 Connect Communications. Assistance was also provided by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
JADCO opened the national poster competition in December 2010, with secondary school students asked to submit posters that depicted the theme: ‘The New frontier in the fight against doping in Sports’ and best highlighted JADCO’s commitment to anti-doping.
The aim of the contest was to create awareness as well as repeal the practise of drug use in sports.
According to Director of Communications and Education at JADCO, Garfield Ellis, “the competition started with a bang and had participation from every parish in the island."
By CHRISTINE ADE-GOLD/JILLIAN CHAMBERS