UWI Mona to Develop Gymnastics Programme
The University of the West
Indies (UWI), Mona, has
received grant funding of
US$90,000 from Japan for the
construction of a state of the art
gymnasium, which will be used primarily
for the development of a gymnastics
programme at the institution. Japanese
Ambassador to Jamaica, Masanori
Nakano handed over his government’s
contribution to Pro Vice- Chancellor and
Mona Campus Principal, Professor
Archibald McDonald, at a ceremony held
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in the Council
Room at Mona.
In making the presentation, the Ambassador
noted that the gymnasium will be
built to specifications that will support
the training of gymnasts, through collaboration
with coaches from Japanese
company, Nishida’s Gymnastics, which
has undertaken to deliver specialized and
advanced training to students at Mona.
He stated that the UWI has regional influence
in various areas, and that the grant
would assist its endeavours to promote
further cross cultural education and
sports training for the benefit of the
entire Caribbean region.
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony,
Professor McDonald, said successful completion
of the project would add another
critical step in the university’s ongoing
mandate to diversify the capabilities and
programme offerings at the UWI and
would support Mona’s institutional goal
of becoming the academic and practical
sports hub of the island.
“Athletics and sports remain a core
component to the UWI’s ongoing quest
to establish ourselves as frontrunners
in higher learning,” the Principal said,
adding that the facility will allow students
to train in a gymnasium that is built for
the core purpose of developing their
talents, sports acumen and capabilities,
through the provision of the appropriate
space and equipment.
Professor McDonald said the facility will
likely encourage more interest in the
sport amongst students and the wider
public, and from an academic perspective,
foster greater interest in physical education.
He noted that the facility will also
enable the UWI to provide more community
development youth sport activities to
neighboring communities, thus strengthening
the community engagement and
development arm of The UWI, Mona.
“Upon its completion, the UWI will be
able to boast a comprehensive sports
programme that focuses on education,
training and developing essential industry
practices that will take our country
further on the international sporting
stage,” he said.
Professor McDonald added that the UWI
is pleased to be able to strengthen the
bonds as a tertiary institution with the
government and people of Japan and
looked forward to maintaining the strong
relationship for the advancement of
education in both countries.