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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has commended University of the West Indies’ (UWI) student athletes for their success in the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.
  • He said the students stand as powerful examples that students can effectively balance academics and athletics and excel at both disciplines.
  • Principal of the Mona campus, Professor Archibald McDonald, said the UWI intends to build on the successes of the athletes and use them as beacons of inspiration for other students.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has commended University of the West Indies’ (UWI) student athletes for their success in the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.

He said the students stand as powerful examples that students can effectively balance academics and athletics and excel at both disciplines.

“There are so many young people, who are pleased and enthused and would want to follow behind you to ensure that their careers in sports can be augmented by attendance and excellence in university,” he said.

He was addressing a function held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge to honour the three student athletes. They are Fredrick Dacres and Hansle Parchment, who are pursuing studies in Sociology and Psychology respectively, and Shanieka Thomas, who has completed studies in Economics.

Principal of the Mona campus, Professor Archibald McDonald, said the UWI intends to build on the successes of the athletes and use them as beacons of inspiration for other students.

“These are the giants of sports, who will help to shape the hearts and minds of the next generation of UWI matriculants and as such, the UWI believes it’s our duty to recognise their achievements and hard work in order to inspire others,” he said.

He echoed the sentiments expressed by the Education Minister that the three student athletes have demonstrated to others that it is possible to successfully juggle a career in sports along with their studies.

Professor McDonald also committed the university’s full support to the further development of the athletes.

At 15th IAAF World Championships, held late August, saw 25-year-old Hansle Parchment winning a silver medal in the 110-metre hurdles, 21-year-old Fredrick Dacres finishing seventh in the discus throw and 23-year-old Shanieka Thomas finishing 11th  in the final of the triple jump.

They received special awards in recognition of their performances.