What are the UWI Games?

This is the major sporting event for the three (3) UWI campuses, which provides one of the few opportunities where students can get together as one university sharing in collective although competitive activity. Each campus is represented by over one hundred athletes clad in their respective campus colours (Mona-Red, Cave Hill-Yellow and St. Augustine-Blue) to compete. The Games are rotated biennially on each campus and feature sports including Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field and Volleyball.
 

 

 
Brief History

In the mid 1960’s, the Student Intercampus Games began as a student-run event and were an annual fixture from 1968 until 1975 when the Games encountered financial difficulties. However, according to Jai Jebodhsingh, one of the individuals responsible for the continuation of the Games, it was less a question of “if” the Games would continue than “how”.
 
The University’s administration agreed to take responsibility for the Games and in 1979 a new structure was established – a biennial schedule, 65-member contingents and six core sporting disciplines plus two others (Football, Cricket, Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Netball, Track & Field and Table Tennis). Jai Jebodhsingh, Winford Green and Victor Cowan were the driving forces behind it all, until each retired from Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine respectively, in the early years of the new millennium. Interestingly, only Green carried the title “Director of Sports”. His counterparts headed Student Services at their respective campuses and became deeply involved in the Games because of their love of sports and their connection with the students.

The Games have grown over the years, and continue to grow. Contingents now comprise a total of 150 persons (135 athletes and 15 officials) and the UWI Open Campus is now included as a fourth participant, albeit on a limited basis.
 
Last Games

The most recent Games were held at the here at Cave Hill in 2017. There, the Cave Hill Blackbirds narrowly missed out on the title, placing second to Mona by two (2) points. 
 
The contingent secured the top spot in the following disciplines:
  • Hockey (Male & Female)
  • Netball
  • Basketball (Female)
  • Volleyball (Female)
  • Lawn Tennis
Next Games

The next UWI Games will be held at Mona in 2019!