We’ve looked at the schools that helped to make Champs the phenomenon that is now. Now, we take a look at some of the standout athletes in Champs history, some of whom have gone on to represent Jamaica very well on the international stage, winning medals and setting world records.
- The Manley Legacy – Many Jamaicans don’t know it, but former Chief Minister and Premier Norman Washington Manley was basically a ‘jock’ back in high school at Jamaica College.
- Howard Aris: KC’s Champs ‘General’ – In his latter years, Howard Aris became most widely known as the president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA). However, many years before that, he was a Kingston College star who was instrumental in the school’s performance at Champs.
- Donald Quarrie – Perhaps the most famous export of the Camperdown High School sprint factory, Quarrie announced his presence at the 1965 edition of Champs when he won the class 3 100 yard final in 11 seconds flat.
- 8 Champs Icons Of The Past – Brief profiles on Trevor ‘TC’ Campbell, Vilma Charlton, Winthrop Graham, Rupert Hoillett, Lennox Miller, Beverly McDonald, Una Morris and Jacqueline Pusey.
- Before The Fall: Raymond Stewart – Raymond Stewart, out of the Camperdown ‘Sprint Factory,’ signalled great things to come when he overcame heavy headwinds to claim the Champs 1984 class 1 100m and 200m double.
- Melaine Walker – She had one of the most successful Champs careers in the history of the competition, and went on to accomplish great things as a senior athlete.
- Yohan Blake – He had an outstanding Champs career, breaking records left, right and centre – individually and as part of St Jago’s relay teams.