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Four Jamaican Juniors Receive ISA Scholarships!

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Four young Jamaican surfers have been successful in their applications for International Surfing Association (ISA) sponsored scholarships. The annual program rewards surfers less than 18 years of age with a US$1000.00 cash scholarship for their behavior and attitude, academic dedication and surfing potential.

Of the 27 scholarships awarded this year Jamaican Juniors have earned four making Jamaica the member nation to receive the most 2012 scholarships. The successful applicants from Jamaica were Javaun Brown from Boston Bay in Portland and Paswayne Douglas, Armani Green and Nick Robinson from Bull Bay in Saint Andrew.

I am very happy about the scholarships…” said Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA) President Anthony “Billy” Wilmot when asked about the achievement. “What makes it even nicer is that the kids that were selected are the ones who will benefit the most from the funds.” Mr. Wilmot went on to describe the selection process. “The kids are selected based on their attitude and behavior first of all. Next we look into their scholastic performance, their economic situation and finally their surfing potential. The concept is not to just reward the kids who are the best surfers but to encourage positive values in the children who are a part of our local surf community.”

Jamaica has been making waves in the international surfing community over the past decade with local surfers picking up international brand sponsorship and Jamaica’s surf and surfers being featured in numerous magazines and surf travel documentaries. The local annual Pro surf contest the “Makka Pro” has also put Jamaica on the surf map and in the international surf contest calendar.

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