Friday, January 19, 2018
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Final day at Champs- Event poised for Climatic end

By: Kimesha Walters
Approaching the stadium on Saturday, the final day of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boy’s and Girls’ Championships, one thing is clear, something extraordinary is happening.
The traffic crawls along upper Mountain View Avenue and as you pass along the roads, youngsters in worn out clothing and dirty feet beckoned drivers to park at an open space.
Several adults were seen running alongside cars selling tickets to the event. “Bleachers, Bleachers, a di last four ticket lef’, cheap cheap!” yelled one of them.
Meanwhile several vendors who had invaded the sidewalk along the stadium had souvenirs for the various schools. They know that they cater for a diverse fan base. They had flags, handkerchiefs and even school ties! 
There was a myriad of other item and they shouted the names of each to passersby, hoping to grab a sale.
Inside the stadium compound, the vendors were busy selling their wares, as the smoke from under their pos rose higher and crazier than the previous days. 
But it was the vibrant fans inside the stadium that topped it all. The best attendance in the four day Championships and more people are still arriving.
The Grandstand is almost full, and several schools have set up camp in the Bleachers stands, the most vibrant being Kingston College as they beat their ‘bam bams’ in rhythm to celebrate their athletes, and erupt in excitement and cheers whenever their ranking is announced. On their side, there is never a dull moment, as they always keep the energy flowing.
There are over 20 finals left to be contested, and as the schools continue to gain points with the events taking place, there is no telling how the tables will turn. Until then, the celebration continues here at the National Stadium.
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