I feel like Chris Gayle, says Prof Fletcher
RENOWNED obstetrician and gynaecologist Prof Horace Fletcher said yesterday that winning the Musgrave Gold Medal made him feel like how Christopher Gayle felt when the West Indies won the T20 World Cup last Sunday.
"If I could I would do the Gangnam style dance," Prof Fletcher said to much laughter from the audience, in referring to the West Indies team's victory celebrations on Sunday.
Prof Fletcher, who received the prestigious award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, was replying on behalf of his fellow awardees at the Institute of Jamaica in downtown Kingston.
Prof Fletcher was one of two persons awarded with the prestigious Musgrave gold medal yesterday. The other was retired University of the West Indies Prof Edward Baugh who was recognised for his achievements in literature. However, he was unable to attend the function.
Prof Fletcher congratulated his fellow awardees for mastering their various disciplines and
thanked his parents, teachers, family and God for his achievements.
There were 14 individuals and organisations receiving awards at yesterday's function.
Receiving silver medals were Calabash International Literary Festival for its contribution to literature, Dr Pauline Christie for linguistics, Emmanuel 'Rico' Rodriguez and Herbert Morrison High School Band both for outstanding merit in the field of music, Professor Bryan McFarlane in the field of art and John Henry Thompson for science.
Bronze medals went to Dr Ellen Campbell-Grizzle for merit in the field of science, Dr Donald Shirley for music, Arlene Patricia Ononaiwu in the field of library development and Ebony G Patterson in the field of art. The youth award went to Richaydo Farquharson for entrepreneurship.