Dione Pryce-Tomlinson
Dione Pryce-Tomlinson

Honoured for excellence at CHAMPS decades ago

By Admin Wednesday June 01 2016 in Sports
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By RON FANFAIR

Dione Pryce-Tomlinson captained Manning’s women’s track and field team in her last two years in high school in Jamaica.

The highlights of her athletics career, though, were the Class Three all-island long jump mark – 16’ 10” – that she set 60 years ago and lasted almost four decades and a dominant 4 x 110-yard anchor leg that led the Westmoreland parish school to victory over Ardene High School in the 1966 Jamaica’s interscholastic track and field championships, commonly known as CHAMPS.

Residing in Canada since 1970, Pryce-Tomlinson who, five years earlier, captured the Class Three 150 yards title in 17.62 secs. and the long jump crown with a leap of 16’ 0.2”, was recognized for her high school track and field excellence at this year’s CHAMPS meet in Jamaica.

She entered the school – which won female back-to-back CHAMPS titles in 1965 and 1966 – in 1962 and graduated six years later.

“It certainly feels good to be honoured for what I did to help my school enjoy the athletic spotlight,” she said. “But Manning’s stands out for me because I learned valuable life experiences there and it helped mould me.”

Though separated by hundreds of miles, Manning’s is still near and dear to Pryce-Tomlinson’s heart.

For the past two decades, she and her husband of 43 years – Cosmo – have been providing books, uniforms, lunches and bus fares for students. They also travel to Jamaica and Philadelphia regularly to support Manning’s athletes at CHAMPS and the Penn Relays respectively.

“Manning’s prepared me for life after school, so it’s important I give back to the institution that gave so much to me,” she said.

Working briefly in the registry department at Savanna-la-Mar hospital before migrating to Canada, Pryce-Tomlinson – who also played netball – is a member of her school’s alumni association in the Greater Toronto Area and the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations where she served two terms as executive secretary.

  • Marjorie Taylor said:

    Go Dione! Go Manning’s School.

    Thursday June 02 at 9:05 am
  • janett jackson said:

    Girl I’m so proud of you. During your tenure as a student you really gave it your all. I’m so sorry I was not in jamaica at this time to have celebrated this milestone with you. You deserve it and I’m so happy they were able to honor you in this way manning high school really sent out some excellent academia and athletes I do pray things will start rethinking down there hope your next trip I’ll be here to welcome you home MI CASA ES TU CASA”

    Thursday June 02 at 11:34 pm
  • Carl McPherson said:

    A well deserved honour. Hearty Congratulations! Thank you for your years of bringing glory to Manning’s and for your continued service to that community. God speed on your continued efforts.
    Carl McPherson (Day Ghost) :>)
    Des Moines, Iowa, USA
    CJamaicaMan@aol.com

    Friday June 03 at 5:56 pm
  • PAULINE HAYNES said:

    Hi Dione,
    Congratulation on being honored for all the great work and support you continue to provide to your Alma Mater. Even-though a few decades have pass by you still continue to support the athletic program.
    I echo the sentiments and accolades that are bestowed upon you, they are well deserved and timely.

    Friday June 03 at 11:41 pm
  • Sonia Ledgister said:

    Congrats my friend. May God continue to guide you as you strive for mankind.

    Sonia Ledgister

    Sunday June 05 at 6:33 pm
  • Gene Ricketts said:

    Dione,
    Heartiest congratulations to you, my friend! I remember well the passion we shared as we prepared for Western and Girls Champs.

    The current events have rekindled the pride and joy in the achievements of ‘our own dear Mannings School’.

    You deserve all the accolades being given for your continuous involvement in the development of the school.

    Best wishes for all times!!!!
    Gene

    Monday June 06 at 12:56 am
  • Clighty Arthurs said:

    Congratulations again Dione. Continued blessings as you give back to society and especially to Mannings School our Alma Mater.

    Tuesday June 07 at 11:56 am

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