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Rawlins to raise bar at Inter Secondary Schools Championships

Rawlins to raise bar at Inter Secondary Schools Championships

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Fourteen-year-old St Vincent Grammar School student Javon Rawlins was to headline the intermediate category’s high jump event.{{more}}

The lanky Form Two student-athlete, not only has his eyes set on taking the gold medal, but also on recording the top height on the day.

“…I want to jump the highest,” he told SEARCHLIGHT last Friday, while he and his teammates worked out at the Grammar School Playing Field.

His desire comes from a similar achievement at his school’s track and field meet earlier this year, when he out-jumped even the senior athletes.

Rawlins is listed among nine other competitors in the final set for the Arnos Vale Playing Field on April 10.

But, he first has to out-jump the Union Secondary School pair of Alanzo Edwards and Jadez Alexander, along with the duo of Kesean Phillips and Ronaldo James of the Bishop’s College Kingstown.

Also in the finals are Tijani Burgin of St Martin’s Secondary, Bash John, St Vincent Grammar School, Erasto Da Silva, Thomas Saunders Secondary, Demique Mayers, West St George Secondary and Callique Tucker of the Petit Bordel Secondary.

Rawlins’ entry into the discipline was somewhat coincidental.

Recalling his first attempts at the high jump, Rawlins said: “The school had a trial to see who could high jump, and I tried and saw that I could have done it and I just continued.”

One who backs himself to achieve, Rawlins caught the eyes of national selectors last year, when he was chosen to represent St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Central American and Caribbean Juvenile Championships in Curacao. (RT)

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