UTech is now known internationally for its prowess in sport, producing some of the finest athletes in the world.
As a part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2008 we hosted the Inaugural International Track and Field Classic at the National Stadium. This is now an annual event. We had top athletes from the UTech-based MVP Track & Field Club, local and international colleges and universities from North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, along with the best athletes from Jamaican preparatory and high schools.
The Event is now listed on CFPI Timing and Data Inc. website and is now on the list for several Universities. As the event grows, we intend to have a well sought after Intercollegiate International Invitational Track and Field event in this region.
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Director of Sport
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Helsinki World Championships 2005
Fact 1:UTech based athletes constituted 12.5% of the Jamaican team
Fact 2:UTech based athletes won 25% of Jamaica's medals
Fact 3: UTech based athletes ranked 31st with more medals than 183 countries of the 214 member countries
Commonwealth Games 2006
Fact 1:The Jamaican team outclassed 63 countries overall and 69 countries in track and field out of 71 countries.
Fact 2: UTech/MVP athletes earned 40% of Jamaica's gold medals.
Fact 3: UTech student athletes earned 30% of Jamaica's gold medals making a combined total of 7 gold outclassing 62 countries out of 71.
Osaka World Championships 2007
Fact 1: Jamaica won 10 medals placing us 4th in the medal standing out of 214
Fact 2: UTech/MVP based athletes (9) constituted 20% of the Jamaican delegation
Fact 3: UTech/MVP athletes won 50% of Jamaica's medals.
Goes for gold in Beijing 2008!
Fact 1:UTech/MVP athletes represent 21% of the Jamaican Olympic Team
World Games 2009
Fact 1: UTech/MVP Athletes copped 50% of Jamaica’s Individual 13 Medals
2008 – Dr Dennis Johnson, OD
Mr. Dennis Osric Johnson, OD, former World Record Holder and Olympian, was the first Director of Sport of the University of Technology, Jamaica. Mr. Johnson served CAST/UTech from 1971 – 2005. Prior to joining the University, he served as Manager of Rothman Sports Foundation.
He is the founder of the Jamaica Intercollegiate Relays, the Central American and Caribbean Relay Championships (1994), and introduced Foot Orienteering to Jamaica in 1999.
Mr. Johnson coached several national teams for many years. These include: the Olympic games – Athens, Greece 2004; Sydney, Australia 2000; Atlanta, Georgia 1996; Barcelona 1992; Korea 1988, and Moscow 1980; the World University Games Palma, Spain 1999; Sicily, 1997; Buffalo, New York 1995; Fukuoka, Japan 1993; Sheffield, England 1991; Duisburg, Germany 1989; Zagreb, Yugoslavia 1987; Kobe, Japan 1985; Edmonton, Canada 1983, and Mexico 1981. He also coached the Commonwealth games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998 and in Auckland, New Zealand, 1990 as well as the Pan-American Games in Cuba 1991.
Although UTech has won several junior college championships, Dennis says his proudest moment was when UTech won the 4x200m relay Championship of Americas event which made history at the 109th Penn Relay Carnival. UTech made history in becoming the first university outside of the United States to win an event in the Championship of Americas. UTech also won the intercollegiate track and field championships over 31 times since 1971.
Dennis Johnson’s thirty-seven (37) years of hard work and success have earned him several well-deserved national and international accolades and awards. Among the awards earned are: The Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica, in recognition of service in Sports and the Arts, 2001. In 2006 he received the ‘Gleaner Man of the Year’ award and the Gleaner Honour Award 2006 in the category of ‘Education (Training). In 1984, he was inducted in the Coaches Award Hall of Fame (Jamaica) and was awarded the Coaching Award in 1999 for 25 years of winning the national championships by the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association. In 1990, Dennis was presented with the International Olympic Committee Silver Medallion and the International Amateur Association Silver Medallion. He was also inducted in the San Jose Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Bakersfield College, California Hall of Fame 1959 & 1960.
Dennis Johnson lives by the motto ‘do it right the first time’.
2009 – Dr the Hon. Rae Anthony Davis, OJDr the Hon. Rae Davis, OJ gave ten years of sterling service as President of the University of Technology, Jamaica from 1996 to 2006, after a distinguished career as an educator, administrator and policy-maker.
Dr. Davis’ distinguished career as a public servant has included leadership positions in several national, regional and international organizations including being President of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers; President of the Jamaican Society of Scientists and Technologists; Vice President of the Inter-American Science Association (Intercienca) and member of the Executive Board of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2004 he chaired the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Educational Reform.
Dr Davis has received several citations and honours including the national awards of the Order of Jamaica and the Order of Distinction, Commander Class.
It was his vision for the integration of sports, the arts and community service as critical components in molding well-rounded students which facilitated the development of the exemplary sports programme now in place at UTech. Dr. Davis’ emphasis and support for the building of an excellent sports programme at the institution has reaped tremendous rewards for the University of Technology, Jamaica which has earned and proven its mettle as arguably the World’s finest “Home of World Class Athletes”.
The University of Technology, Jamaica salutes Dr. the Hon. Rae Anthony Davis, OJ, CD, for his contribution to building world-class excellence at UTech and we welcome him wholeheartedly as the patron of this 2nd Annual Track and Field Invitational Classic.
Dr. the Hon Alfred Sangster served the University of Technology, Jamaica for a total of twenty-six years, retiring as President in 1996. A PhD graduate of the University of London, he came to the UTech, formerly the College of Arts Science and Technology (CAST), in 1970 from the University of the West Indies, Mona, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry.
During those twenty-six years, the Institution grew in significant ways: student numbers moved from 1,490 to over 6,000; over fifty (50) new programmes of study were added and over three new departments Architecture, Computing and Technical Teacher Training were established; and CAST became a degree granting institution in 1986 and was upgraded to the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) in 1995.
An avid sportsman, he strongly believes in holistic development and his life has been exemplary in this regard. Dr Sangster played school boy Hockey while at Munro College. He was instrumental in the establishment of UTech’s Department of Sport and has presided over the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sport Association for several years. He also served as Chair for Jamaica National Relays and the Carreras Sports Foundation.
Dr. Sangster has acted as a Consultant to international organizations and foreign governments and served on a number of international and national bodies. These include the International Solar Energy Society, Australia; Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI); and World Association on Cooperative Education (WAGE), of which he is a former Vice-President and Council member. Locally, he was the Founding Chairman of Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (GAFFE). He currently chairs Merle Grove High School Board; Caribbean Graduate School of Theology Board; the Jamaica Computer Society Education Foundation; and the Office of Utilities Regulation Consumer Affairs Committee. Also, he is a Vice Chairman of the Farquharson Institute of Public Affairs.
Dr. Sangster, a Justice of the Peace, is the recipient of a number of awards including two from the Government of Jamaica - the Order of Jamaica (OJ) and Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD), the College of Arts, Science and Technology Distinguished Service Award, an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies, the Institute of Jamaica Gold Musgrave Medal and the Daily Gleaner Honour Award.