JAMAICA | Comets Track Club marks Anniversary Milestone on July 15 in Montego Bay

JAMAICA | Comets Track Club marks Anniversary Milestone on July 15 in Montego Bay

NEW YORK, NY. Friday, May 13, 2023 -- 45 years after the concept of a track and field club was realized on the campus of Cornwall College (CC) High School in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the organization is planning a function to recognize some of the individuals and businesses that have and continue to support its mission.

In October, 1977, senior students at the school who competed successfully at the national ‘Girls and Boys’ Champs’, suddenly realized that they would soon be ‘aged out’ of the system with no where to continue doing what they love: participating in track & field athletics.   It was decided that  a club would be a good option.

Co-founder and present Executive Director of the Montego Bay Athlethcs Club and  Comets Club International, Aubrey Campbell. The Montego Bay Comets Track Club was founded in  October 1977.Co-founder and present Executive Director of the Montego Bay Athlethcs Club and Comets Club International, Aubrey Campbell. The Montego Bay Comets Track Club was founded in October 1977.That’s when like mined individuals like teachers Glen Brown and  Audrey Blake,  as well as Aubrey Campbell, Paul Tomlinson, Clement Bowen and Paul East among others, huddled together in one of the dormitories on campus and decided to form the Montego Bay Comets Athletics Club.

Fast forward to 2023, and decades later, some of the individuals who provided the inspiration and the resources, will be spotlighted and highlighted at a reception at the Meet Conference Center, Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, on Saturday, July 15, 2023.

“We are extending an invitation to all of Montego Bay and Jamaica for that matter, to come out and celebrate with us for our contribution to Jamaica’s track and field development these past four and a half decades,“ says Andrene Thomas-Brutus, chair of the planning committee and a former athlete at St. James High School.

The club/organization will celebrate the fact that five months after it was set up, it staged its first development meet at CC, on the second Saturday of February, 1978.

That meet would become the Comets Relays, which would become the Coca Cola Comets Relays, which would soon morph into the Western Relays, and which attracted continued sponsorship from Nestle Global  which used its Milo products brand  to promote the Meet as The Milo Western Relays, which became a significant part of Jamaica's national Track and Field development initiative.

The Catherine Hall stadium would be seen as an eventual validation of the club’s mission.

At the awards function which will also serve as a reunion, patrons will be treated to an entertainment segment headlined by Jazz soloist Myrna Hague and the True Tribute Ensemble, led by LeRoy Graham on Sax.

Thomas-Brutus said that arrangements are being made for Aubrey Campbell, one of the founders to be in attendance to say a personal ‘thank you’ and to hand out the awards.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at selected outlets in Montego Bay.


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