'Awesome feeling' — As UWI honours Olympic star Parchment

'Awesome feeling' — As UWI honours Olympic star Parchment

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 14, 2012

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OLYMPIC 110m hurdles bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was honoured by the University of the West Indies (UWI) at a function held in the Assembly Hall, Mona Campus yesterday.

Parchment became Jamaica's first Olympic medallist in the Men's sprint hurdles event when he clocked a national record 13.12 seconds for third place in London a few weeks ago.

He was met by a guard of honour through which he walked, alongside Seoul Olympics 200m silver medallist and UWI sports development director Grace Jackson.

Parchment was later given a plaque celebrating his performance at a world-class level by the institution.

"Its an awesome feeling, really," the psychology major in the Faculty of Social Sciences told the Jamaica Observer.

"I feel proud of myself and I can't thank them enough for all the support they have given to me."

"I feel proud of myself and I can't thank them enough for all the support they have given to me."

UWI's head coach and Parchment's personal coach, Fitz Coleman, was also part of the function. The veteran coach conceded to "throwing out" his back in the excitement and celebration of Parchment's feat at the 2012 Olympic Games.

"I will deny it outside of this forum," he jived. "This journey started three years ago," added Coleman, who also coached Parchment to last year's World University Games gold medal and said it was important for his programme.

"I was beyond myself. For me, this was a dream come true. I have been at this thing now since 1972, so it terms of the Olympics, it's my first true medal. This is really something extremely special," he said. UWI principal Professor Gordon Shirley said Parchment demonstrated that through perseverance, determination and hard work, one can become the very best in the world.

"We have every confidence that although we have celebrated today (yesterday), we're going to have even bigger celebrations in the periods to come," Shirley added.

Parchment's mother, Frances Parchment, said she knew her son would achieve because of the faith she placed in God.

"He is very determined. He works well at everything he does. When he doesn't do well he calls and says, 'Mommy, it's just one of those things," she said.

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