The years 1961-64 can be described as “the golden years of Munro sports”. Munro College won the DaCosta Cup for three of the four years (’61, ‘62 and ‘64) and performed with distinction in all other schoolboy competitions.
Central to that period was one of Munro’s greatest all-round sportsmen, Winston George Hutchinson, who captained the DaCosta Cup team to their several victories, and who became the first Munronian to captain four separate school teams and be awarded colours in each; football, athletics, cricket and hockey.
Hutchinson has an enviable record that can scarcely be beaten by any other schoolboy sportsman in the history of school sports in Jamaica. While at Knox College where he had been mistakenly sent by his parents for junior school, he became the youngest student to play DaCosta Cup football. And after playing in the 1959 Competition for Knox, he was transferred to his rightful place at Munro College where he records that he had a most unusual rite of passage into the Munro team.
The rest is history ….
Our honored awardee was born in the Black River Hospital on August 18, 1945, to parents William and Ivy Hutchinson of Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth. He was educated at Knox College Junior School 1953 -59, and Munro College 1960-1964.
Throughout his years at Munro he was well liked and respected by staff and students, exhibited a great sense of humor mixed with mischievous pranks played on his peers, demonstrated character and discipline, and in his senior years idolized by the Hampton sisters for his sports profile, charm, and his ability to ‘chat up’ the girls. His leadership qualities were legendary, and he is one of few students whose announcement as head-boy was made by headmaster Richard Roper during the term previous to his appointment.
His initiation into Munro’s football squad in 1960 took the form of a most unorthodox ritual. “I remember my induction into the team when I first turned up on ‘A’ Field. There was an unexpected sudden and strong fist into my stomach by a senior boy. He then said that if I had not fallen with that blow, I could make the team. I made the team”.
It was 1961 and he had just returned home after an ‘All Schools’ tour of Haiti. He came back in time to play a junior Jamaica match against a Chelsea Football Club team that was visiting the Caribbean and had scheduled two games against Jamaica. Impressed with his performance Chelsea approached Munro and asked if he could join their soccer team and fly back with them to England. “As I was only 16 years old, my Coach Ken Walton, an Englishman, said that I would have to be placed in a school in England with a guardian and a host. Mr. Richard Roper, Munro’s Principal, was informed, and he agreed with Mr. Walton’s proposal.” It seems as if maybe his parents had other views, but whatever, the discussions broke off after three months and a groundbreaking development in schoolboy football transfer from Jamaica to the international level was delayed, making the world safer for the later dominance of Munro College in schoolboy football legends during the years 1961-64.
The famous Munro/Cornwall rivalry was at its heights in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. It brought out crowds that would not normally be expected to be seen at a schoolboy football match. In one particularly memorable year, the year of our Independence 1962, Hutchy, who had been appointed captain in that year, recalls that when Munro stepped out on the Jarrett Park field to face Cornwall in the finals, an estimated crowd of 10,000 packed the stands and grounds. 1962 was a good year for schoolboy football, with a display of skills and talent that still brings back memories of the colour and glitter and cheering and excitement that past students took to the games in those days. Suffice to say that Munro returned the DaCosta Cup to its rightful home that year, defeating Cornwall twice in successive years and rubbing their nose into the ground in that famous match at Jarret Park, Montego Bay.
Winston left Munro in 1964 and enrolled at the University of the West Indies to pursue a course in general science. He was elected to the Student Guild Council as Sports representative and organized the first Inter-Campus Games which were held in Trinidad. While at UWI he represented the Jamaica Hockey team at the 1967 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Canada and was named UWI Athlete of the Year the same year. He then went to Howard University, USA from where he gained his degree in Chemistry.
Returning to Jamaica in 1970 Winston took up the position as Chief Chemist at the Reynolds Jamaica Mines in St. Ann. His research at Reynolds into bauxite ore widened company interest into the potential of capitalizing on the qualities of titanium oxide present in selected areas of the bauxite bearing lands. While at Reynolds he organized the first Inter-Bauxite Athletics Meet among the five bauxite companies in Jamaica, and was a founding member of the Inter-Bauxite Sports Development Committee. That Committee organized a vibrant competition in athletics, cricket, football, netball, lawn tennis, dominoes, and bridge that became the most powerful platform for sports development in rural communities across the bauxite landscape, and opened a door for recognition and representation for scores of youngsters who went on to play for their parish and for national teams.
In retirement Winston became interested in the value of the Moringa Oleifera plant to Jamaica’s agricultural development and invited a Canadian agricultural expert to conduct seminars in Portland and other areas to encourage the cultivation of the Moringa as a viable income earner for farmers.
With time on his hands he chose to give back and assist Munro College, returning to the school during his spare time to re-energize football in the 1990s. This involved travelling from Kingston to St. Elizabeth and back on a daily basis, for several seasons, to assist with training and coaching. He encouraged well known football and track and field coach Neil Harrison to lead the coaching team which resulted in a mini revival in football, athletics, and most importantly, scholarships overseas for a number of outstanding players. Today, he continues to assist students in their academic and sporting ventures, while preparing his soon-to-be published memoirs on the Golden Years of Munro Sports.
He also dedicated himself to give voluntary service to the Anglican diocese and is a leading member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew with much time given to church and community outreach projects, particularly in underprivileged areas.
Winston has one son, Walter with his late wife Dawn (deceased), who has been working between Japan and Hungary. He is now married to his beloved wife Edmarine.
Today, for the above and other reasons we proudly induct Mr. Winston George Hutchinson into the Munro College Old Boys Association Hall of Fame.