November 2017 Volume 14

David “Wagga” Hunt Classic 2017

Dr. Ivor Nugent
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David “Wagga” Hunt attended Kingston College and was, along with the late David “Bogo” Haughton, the founder of Meadhaven Football Club. He coached Calabar High School and led Calabar to the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield Championship in 2005, and also coached the Jamaica Under 17 Football team before his untimely passing from a heart attack in 2007. A scholarship has been established in his name at Calabar and KC which provides full tuition, books, uniform, meals and transportation to a recipient from each school annually (four scholarships were offered in 2017).

I made my first appearance at the David "Wagga" Hunt Classic in Jamaica on August 19, 2017 at the Barbican football complex. It was long overdue given my personal relationships with the Hunt family and in particular the revered status of the late David “Robin” Hunt in KC's history.

It is often very difficult to recognize genius in your peers while still in high school but with the proverbial hindsight Wagga was just that, a genius. He spearheaded a revolutionary group at KC that gave the opportunity for all the students at Clovelly Park to learn chess, "the thinking man's game". Imagine boys waiting for the bell to ring, jostling for positions to learn and play chess in lieu of dominoes, cards and most of all “money football"!

Wagga's influence was evident in Taylor Hall, University of the West Indies, and it was most heart-warming to feel like old times amongst Taylorites. Kudos to all the organizing committee and supporters who volunteered and executed the proceedings with aplomb. The scholarship winners were presented and justified their selection with excellent academic results at Calabar High School and Kingston College.

The Wagga Hunt Classic and the very competitive game between the Calabar and KC Manning Cup teams (which KC won 1-0) presented the backdrop to the comraderie and interactions in the stands. Reminiscing on the good times at Taylor Hall, KC and Calabar was priceless.

It is my fervent hope that Wagga's legacy with an unrelenting passion for academic excellence and sports will live on forever.

Again, congratulations to the chairmen, Christopher Hunt (USA) and Arnold "Dullo" McDonald (Jamaica) for their and their team’s continued diligence in perpetuating the memory of a truly special human being.

"Fortis forever and the Utmost for the Highest" (yes, Wagga did that too, unite Red Hills Rd. and North Street!)

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