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VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica |

April 2017




Annual Caribbean Conference on Sport

Sciences Focuses on Physical Activity & Health

Sport Stalwarts Honoured


he Faculty of Science and Sport hosted the 7th Annual Caribbean

Conference on Sport Sciences on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the

UTech, Jamaica Papine campus under the theme: Physical Activity

and Health: Moving from Prescription to Prevention. The Conference was

held in association with the Ministry of Health and UNESCO.

True to the its theme, the successful one-day conference provided

participants with a balanced mix of presentations on developments in

research and best practice interspersed with bursts of actual physical

exercise led by both presenters and specially invited groups.

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Sport, Dr. Kamilah Hylton in her welcome

told the large gathering of coaches, physical education practioners, students

and members of the sporting fraternity that the conference’s focus on

physical activity and health was being held against the background of

alarming data related to the spiralling rate of non-communicable disease

(NCD) and the attendant burden on economies, especially in low and middle

income countries.

Dr. Kamilah Hylton, Dean Faculty of Science and Sport welcomes participants to the 7


Annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences hosted by the Faculty on

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the UTech, Ja Papine campus.

During the opening ceremony of the conference, the University

honoured three national stalwarts who received special plaques

and citations in acknowledgement of their contribution to the

development of sport – Mr Edward Barnes, veteran sports

broadcaster with over 40 years of active service in the field of

journalism, Mrs. Yolande Geddes-Hall, all-rounder who represented

Jamaica in four different sports, namely cricket, netball, table

tennis and softball and opened the doors for females in sport and

Mr Alfred “Franno” Francis- the face of road running in Jamaica

who has popularised and professionalised corporate running

events through his company Running Limited which has helped to

make healthy living a movement among people of all walks of life,

ages and stages.

Responding on behalf of honorees, Mr Barnes thanked the

University for “taking the time to recognize what we do,” noting

that this acknowledgement is sufficiently the greatest honour for


Prof. Colin Gyles (right) Deputy President, presents the University of

Technology, Jamaica Sport Stalwart Award to Mr Ed Barnes, Veteran


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