Digicel GP series good for development, says Bolt

Usain Bolt has credited as being “extremely good” the Digicel Grand Prix series for focusing on the

development of Jamaica’s future track and field stars.

The series which ended with the Grand Prix final on Saturday also included the Western, Eastern, Central and Corporate Area Championships.

“For me, it’s massive,” Bolt, who is also a Digicel ambassador, told STAR Sports.

“I think Digicel is doing a good job now that they are trying to fund schools and give them something to work towards. It makes schools want to work hard and the athletes want to work harder to help their schools,” he said.

$15m in cash and prizes

The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Series has given away more than $15 million in cash and prizes, including a Jamaican $1,000,000 prize for the winning schools; St Jago High on the boys’ side and returning girls’ champions, Edwin Allen.

Bolt said it would have beneficial to have support such as that as a youngster in the sport himself.

“For me, (they) are doing an extremely good job. Growing up had we had this, it would have been brilliant, but now that these kids have more opportunities, I think that we are going to produce a lot more athletes,” Bolt said.