The athletics programme at Calabar High School yesterday received a boost with the opening of the Vincent Lawrence Gymnasium on the institution’s compound in St Andrew.
Named in honour of Calabar old boy and celebrated public servant Dr Vincent Lawrence, the facility, which took one year to complete, was constructed and outfitted with equipment at a cost of $10 million under a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Wisynco Group last September.
Julian Robinson, throwing coach at the St Andrew-based institution, said that the new facility will help in better preparing the student athletes.
“We were using a facility that was quite frankly substandard. What you see here is heaven compared to what we were using. Our equipment was in a dilapidated state. We trained outside and we didn’t have enough equipment to train, we had to improvise a lot and quite frankly we didn’t have enough equipment. So in certain instance we could not train properly but now with this facility we can train properly,” Robinson said.
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