Wolmer’s Boys School has a strong Champs history, having won the first official Champs in 1910 and bookended the century celebration of the event by winning the 100th staging in 2010. Here are some more facts about the maroon and gold team.
- Wolmer’s Boys have won 12 Boys’ Champs titles. The girls have yet to claim a title.
- World and Olympic gold medallists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Michael Frater are the schools’ most successful alumni in athletics. Fraser-Pryce came from obscurity to claim the 100m gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and has not slowed down. Frater has been a staple of Jamaica’s relay teams since he helped the Under 17s win the silver medal at the 1998 CARIFTA Games in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
- The MVP Track Club, which has produced many of the nation’s top Olympians and World Champions in recent years, was started at Wolmer’s in 1999 by four alums – president Bruce James, technical director Stephen Francis, treasurer and assistant head coach Paul Francis and secretary David Noel.
- Wolmer’s also nurtured a number of the current crop of hopefuls for Jamaica’s continued athletic excellence, including Jaheel Hyde, who has won the 400m hurdles at the 2014 world junior championships and the 110m hurdles at both the 2014 Youth Olympics and the 2013 world youth championships; high jump prince Christoph Bryan, who won bronze at the 2013 youth champs and has his sights set on the national junior record; and sprinters Julian Forte, Shauna Helps and Dwayne Extol.
Source: Champs 100: A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010 by Hubert Lawrence