After a three-year hiatus, the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences at the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica will be hosting its Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences on April 5, 2023.

It is scheduled to kick off at 8 am at Lecture Theatre 50 (Papine campus). 

The conference continues on its visionary themes to promote research in sport. This year’s theme “Enabling Abilities in Sport: Encompassing All” supports the Kazan Action Plan to which Jamaica is a signatory, as well as the National Development Goals for—Access to All and Integrity in Sport.

The theme continues to build on past conference themes from UTech, Jamaica, which hosted previous conferences on Sport for All and Sport: Golden Opportunities for Development and Wealth Creation in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The organisers said the conference provides a platform to encourage research to guide evidence-based policies as advocated in the Kazan Action Plan and the mission of UTech, Ja to advance research in sport. 

Dr Donna-Marie Wynter Adams, conference chair and head of the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, stated:

It is our expectation that participants will gain greater understanding of the factors necessary to facilitate an enabling environment in sport and insight into some of the challenges faced by persons with different abilities.

Dr Kamilah Hylton, dean of the Faculty of Science and Sport, said that as the largest Sport Sciences Conference in the English-speaking Caribbean, it provides an opportunity for researchers to address various topics related to the use of inclusive sport or adapted sport for various abilities, dual gender and transgender inclusivity in sport, physical education and training opportunities across abilities, and anti-doping measures and applicability to special athletes.  

President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association and the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda will deliver the Keynote Address at the conference. 

Each year, the conference honours two stalwarts in sport. This year’s honorees are Alphanso Cunningham and Neville Sinclair, both of whom have excelled at the international level in paralympic sports.

The panel discussion in the afternoon session will allow stakeholders in disabled sport to share their experiences in creating and navigating an inclusive environment in sport.

UTech, Jamaica, known for its sporting successes as the ‘Birthplace of Greatness’ and the home base for MVP Track and Field Club, is committed to the dissemination of data from research in sporting disciplines.