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Sport exhibition to be part of Ja 50 event

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter
Monday, July 30, 2012

A chance to look at some of the iconic achievements of Jamaican athletes such Usain Bolt and Donald Quarrie and cricketer George Headley will be one of the highlights of the Jamaica 50 Celebration at a sport exhibition to be staged at the National Arena on August 1-7.

Entitled, "Showcasing the Journey", the exhibit will feature displays from several of the island's sporting associations, including the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA), Jamaica Ski Federation (JSF), Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC), Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA), Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).

Visitors will move through nine separately themed displays, beginning with a history and moving through a look at the schools' athletic championships and Jamaican Sporting legends of different eras from 1900 to 2011.

Two video features of 25 minutes and 45 minutes each comprising footage of local sporting heritage have been produced by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) and will be on display at separate locations for viewing.

The exhibit will be free to members of the public and plans are also being made for it to be moved to Montego Bay after its run in Kingston to allow persons from that side of the island to access it as well.

Chairman of the Institute of Jamaica (INSPORTS) and former Minister of Education, Burchell Whiteman, believes the show could have an important role to play in developing the psyche of the people.

"Undoubtedly, it will make a contribution to the psychic health and wealth of the nation, of the people. It's what part of what makes people feel that we are very special people.

"We can do things and I hope that it will spill over into other areas of activity," he said.

Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, said a legacy project of the exhibit will be the much talked about National Sport Museum, although projections suggest the establishment of the monument is still at least a year away.

"The exhibition is the precursor to the National Sports Museum, so it will be in stages and modules. It will take us from where we are coming," she said.

Neita-Headley disclosed that discussion are ongoing about locating a permanent site for the museum.

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