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Shelly-Ann's statue now in Jamaica — Grange

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, today said that the statue in honour of Jamaica's leading female sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce is now in the island.

Grange made the announcement at the launch of the 2018 National Junior and Senior Championships scheduled for the National Stadium from June 21 to 24.

“The statue will be unveiled at the end of this track and field season but in the meantime the maquette will be unveiled by the end of this month. Shelly-Ann has seen the maquette and is quite pleased with it,” Grange told her audience at the Pegasus Hotel.

The statue will be erected in Statue Park. Also at the launch, Grange said that under the Technical Cooperation Agreement on Sport between Jamaica and the People's Republic of China, 137 athletes would be leaving for China for two months at the end of June.

The athletes are from sporting disciplines, swimming, artistic swimming, football for females, volleyball for females, basketball for females, gymnastics and badminton.

“Each team will have a coach and a sports officer and they will return to Jamaica with equipment for their sports, donated by China.”

Meanwhile, Grange said the National Junior and Senior Championships represent perhaps the most important event for local track and field athletes because it is performance at these Championships that determine who is selected to represent the country on the big stage such as the Olympics and the World Championships.

“We know that this time round, the National Junior and Senior Championships, popularly called the “Trials” are being held to choose the senior and junior teams that will represent Jamaica at the newly-minted Athletics World Cup in Britain and the NACAC Senior Champs in Toronto, Canada. Both of these meets will take place next month. For the Juniors it will be the IAAF World Junior Championships in Finland also in July.

“I find it particularly pleasing also that the seniors and juniors will be performing together at this year's Trials. We get to see the young ones and the not so young ones performing in one package. It will be great. ,p> “As the minister of sport, I am urging us to turn out in large numbers at the National Stadium to show our support for and encouragement to our athletes.”

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