Letters to the Editor

Celebrate our athletes

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Mixed emotions flood everywhere at the sight of our greatest athlete, Usain Bolt, saying goodbye and going into retirement at the end of the recent World Championships in London.

Disappointment, sadness, anger — and maybe even some joy for some — filled in the air at the stadium.

There was more gloom from preceding days at the championships as Jamaicans everywhere slumped under the weight of the less than stellar performances from our athletes. It seemed to us like it was the very first championships that we have ascertained a measly four medals — having got accustomed to recent grand medal hauls.

There are several theories, to why the team was not as triumphant at this year's championships in London, but disregarding all of the comments and expressions that has been thrown out from the beginning of it, we, as Jamaicans, should always give thanks to any individual who goes out to represent us — sunny day or on a rainy day, win or lose. Somehow we have forgotten that we are not the only people training all year round to perform to a certain standard. The bar has been raised high, and so too our expectations, but our athletes are not super beings; they have accidents, injuries, and bad days just as any common folk.

It's unfortunate that Jamaica wasn't able to come out on top, but if there's any other time for us to rise up and be united it's now.

We should celebrate all our medals as we will always be champions, we will always be great because, at the end of the day, 'We likkle but we tallawah'. Or, as the Kingston College motto says: “The brave may fall but never yield.”

Shanice Brown

shanb1996@gmail.com

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