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Rose Hall Developments, in collaboration with Entertain Jamaica, will stage the inaugural Triathlon and Wellness Festival, at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Rose Hall, St. James, from October 23 to 26, under the theme: ‘Well Mind. Well Body. Well Being’.
Co-ordinator for the Wellness Festival, Kathy Marley, told JIS News, that throughout the staging of the event, there would be several exhibitors showcasing health and wellness products that are 100 per cent Jamaican-made.
By showcasing these products, she explained that students and other patrons at the event would be able to appreciate and understand that they can make a living out of producing wellness products.
A major highlight of the Wellness Festival is a ‘Wellness Seminar’, which is slated for Friday, October 24.
Ms. Marley pointed out that the seminar would feature several presenters, who are affiliated with the health and wellness sector. The seminar will highlight alternative lifestyle options, organic growing in Jamaica, demonstrations on raw food preparation, and a display of products by Things Jamaican, that boost wellness and health.
The Triathlon will be held on Sunday, October 26, featuring both local and international athletes competing in swimming, cycling and running over various distances. Olympians and world renowned triathletes, Greg and Laura Bennett, will head the group of participants.
Another highpoint of the festival will be an athleticism seminar and panel discussion focussing on the local sport programmes for athletes.
Co-ordinator, Janet Silvera, explained that this seminar would feature topics, such as training and competition for Jamaican athletes at home and overseas; drugs and testing; media, money and fame; and the business of sport development.
The panel will include President of the MVP Track Club, Bruce James; Usain Bolt’s Manager, Norman Peart; Olympian, Juliet Cuthbert; 2007 triathletes of the year, Greg and Laura Bennett; and former boxing champion, Lennox Lewis.
Ms. Silvera explained that the festival could be looked at as a medium for promoting sport tourism and enhancing the tourism sector.
“Sport tourism is big business and has immense potential. It is an area that we can use to brand Jamaica, as one of the many offerings that this country has to offer,” the Co-ordinator said.
“With Rose Hall boasting four championship golf courses, some of the best hotels.what we have done is to add another element to the area. We want Rose Hall to be known as the sport tourism capital of Jamaica, which is why we are holding this event,” Ms. Silvera outlined.