PR – As Carriacou’s 16-year-old 100 and 200 meter sprinter, Zain Mc Farlene, prepares to travel to Jamaica on Sept. 10, to undertake studies in Athletics under a three-year full-time scholarship by the Jamaica College, the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs & Local Government hosted an official send-off ceremony to mark the occasion.
The academic and athletic scholarship by the Jamaica College includes full payment of school fees; accommodation – including meals and laundry services; books and uniform; medical support for all track injuries; including nutritional supplements, and a monthly stipend of EC $700.00 from the Government of Grenada. Zain is the first athlete from Carriacou to receive a scholarship in the area of athletics.
Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs & Local Government, Hon. Kindra Maturine- Stewart, extended well-wishes to Zain as he embarks on his new academic and athletic journey. She encouraged him to use the opportunity as a pathway to greater success, with regard to his socio-economic background and challenges encountered in the past. Minister Stewart also commended the Founder of the Grenada Sports and Wellbeing Foundation for creating such a life- changing opportunity and all those who’ve played a part in Zain’s success thus far.
Founder of GSWF, Trevor Mc Intosh, described the success in securing the scholarship at the Jamaica College as a reward after a hard, but not yet finished journey, and explained his encounter with Zain. He also commended Minister Stewart and Permanent Secretary, in Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs & Local Government, Rholda Quamina, for their hard work and support on the initiative.
Other well-wishers who shared remarks at the official send-off ceremony were Zain’s mother, Tanasha Mc Farlene; Quamina; District One Area Education Officer, Rosalina Lendore; Senior Coach, Sebastian Stiell, and Coach Jack from Bishop’s College. Zain also received a monetary contribution from Minister Maturine-Stewart, and the Inter- Grenadines Secondary Schools Athletics Committee (IGSSAC).