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G.C. Foster College hosted a Wrestling workshop from April 19 – 21, 2017. This year’s event was the second time running and took on the form of a Wrestling and Combat Sports Festival that included other combat sports. This combination of combat sporting events included Boxing, Wrestling, Taekwondo, Capoeira and Mixed Martial Arts. The event was in collaboration with various organizations, such as: the G.C. Foster College, Fight for Peace, The Jamaica Wrestling Federation, Mixed Martial arts Jamaica Sports Federation, Good life Living and Future Champs of Texas Wrestling Organization.
This venture was geared towards sensitizing and training young people in combat sports. The Fight for Peace organization is a non-profit organization that targets inner city children. They are responsible for sponsoring free programmes in boxing and Martial Arts, to uplift inner city communities. They are currently working on developing 6 communities through these sports. Kellie Magnus of Fight for Peace was elated to be part of this event. She indicated that the children showed a lot of interest and that it was a privilege for them to come to such a noble institution like G.C. Foster College.
Kevin Wallen, the president of Jamaica Wrestling Federation was pleased with the turnout and stated that he was really happy for the programme because Jamaicans have a natural talent for wrestling. He also commended G.C. Foster College for hosting the event, declaring that the atmosphere at the college was beautiful.
Marlon Gayle, G.C. Foster College Lecturer and a very instrumental person in the running of this event stated that this is just the start of something good; and that next year should be bigger and better.
Another G.C. Foster College student has done extremely well in third year teaching practice. Mr. Romario Hamilton has made an indelible mark as a student teacher. Assigned to the McAuley Primary School in January 2017, Romario started with great optimism. However, with everything that is good in life, there are challenges to overcome.
Romario started experiencing issues during his time at McAuley where he had to teach students from varying background, some of whom were from the inner city. He highlighted that it was a bit difficult to communicate with them, causing him to be a bit discouraged. He explained that through perseverance, determination and guidance from one of his lecturers, Mr. Bernard Burton he was able to overcome the obstacle, enabling him to teach effectively. He was able to create a bond with the students so that the lessons could flow.
When asked about the strategies used to overcome some of these obstacles, he said that he developed the courage through his faith in God and belief in himself. He declared that through God, nothing is impossible.
He was also well admired by the staff and principal due to his attitude. He stated that the principal had a special love for him in particular and when he was leaving, she experienced some amount of sadness stating that he is invited to return for his fourth year practicum experience there.
G.C. Foster College continues to be proud of students who through hard work and dedication are changing lives through Physical Education & Sport.
Tickets can be obtained at G.C. Foster College locations
Congratulation to Odette Hamilton, student of the G.C. Foster college and Jassett Kerr, G.C. Foster College past student on being inducted as FIFA international referee and assistant referee respectively.
Referees are appointed based on recommendation from local instructors having seeing their performances over time.
Odette’s experience takes her back to the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship in Orlando, Florida. At Orlando, she officiated as the referee in the final between USA and Canada. This was also very significant because she was the only Caribbean referee in the final.
The official appointments of the badges were made on January 1, 2017.