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Usain Bolt Sports Complex


About the Facility

Named after the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, the Sports Complex sits at the Paradise Park (formerly Lazaretto) overlooking the picturesque Batts Rock Beach. It boasts of an IAAF Level 2 Track, FIFA Class 2 Artificial Field and FIFA Class 3 Lighting, while 2 main stands house the Academy and its labs, among other amenities.

Ryan Brathwaite Track

To honour his Gold medal in the 110mh at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, the IAAF Level 2 Track was named after Barbadian sprint hurdler Ryan Brathwaite. The REGUPOL surface accommodates 8 lanes and provisions are made for other Track & Field disciplines within the complex.

  • 8 x Running Lanes
  • 2 x Long/Triple Jump Pits
  • 2 x 100M Starts
  • 2 x Shot Put Areas (sand-based)
  • 1 x High Jump Pit
  • 1 x Javelin/Discus Sector

Kirani James Stand 
Located on the western side of the complex, this stand has a capacity of 450 seats available for spectators and is home to the UWI Cave Hill’s Academy of Sport. Given the mandate to promote sports on a holistic basis, there are also multiple classrooms, the Sagicor Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and Strength and Conditioning Lab which are used to deliver the various courses which fall under the academic programmes of the Faculty of Sport.  
Obadele Thompson Stand 
The Obadele Thompson stand is situated parallel to the Kirani James Stand and boasts a 550-person spectator seating capacity. Geared more towards the sporting side of the UWI, it is equipped with state-of-the-art changing rooms and facilities, which caters to the needs of both home and away teams. Given its international capabilities, the stand is also outfitted with rooms to conduct Drug Testing and Physical Therapy, as well as rooms to facilitate storage.


Students can look forward to attending classes of the academic programmes in one of the four classrooms available in the Kirani James stand. Each classroom contains state-of-the-art Smart Boards and equipment to facilitate distance learning.

Sports Science Labs

The Sagicor Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology Laboratory and the Sagicor Strength and Conditioning Laboratory both boast an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment, that is fit for purpose; namely student teaching and learning, as well as athletic testing and monitoring.

Sagicor Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology Laboratory

  • 1 x TANITA Machine - Body weight and composition analysis
  • 2 x Velotron Ergometric Bikes - Anaerobic power and index fatigue measurements
  • 1 x 3D Motion Capture System by NDI - Biomechanical analysis
  • 2 x AMTI Force Plates - Foot force measurements
  • 2 x Fitnex Industrial Treadmills
  • 1 x VacuMed Metabolic Cart -Anaerobic capacity determination

The Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology Laboratory has a normal maximum capacity of 10 persons.

Sagicor Strength and Conditioning Laboratory

  • 2 x UCS Rack/Platform Combo
  • 1 x Tendo Weightlifting Analyzer
  • 1 x VERTEC
  • 3 x Plyometric Boxes
  • Medicine and Exercise Balls
  • 1 x Crossfit Machine
  • Dumbbells and Weights

The laboratory also has the capability to facilitate functional movement test and the sit-and-reach test. Capacity is limited to a maximum of 10 persons.

Booking Details

Registered students at the Cave Hill Campus can enjoy free use of the facility for organised events that have been sanctioned by the University but must submit an official request to book the facility. Contact us today with some information about the event. Terms and conditions may apply based on the request.

Groups and organisations outside of the University's community are more than welcome to enquire about hosting events at the facility or using it for recreational purposes. Contact us today to get a quote.

Groups and organisations interested in renting the facility should take a look at the following steps/guidelines:

  • A booking request must be submitted in writing 
  • A downpayment is required for booking the facility
  • Public liability insurance and any certificates or other documents deemed relevant to the booking must be obtained
  • An agreement must be signed 

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