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Help us to shine! Fraser-Pryce pleads for support for J'can athletes

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Sunday, September 09, 2012    

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"YOU have seen the good and you will see the bad, but that's the journey." Words from Olympic 100m champion and 200m silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce upon her return from the 2012 London Games yesterday and at the conclusion of her season.

The 'Pocket Rocket', who spent a couple of weeks competing on the professional circuit following her achievements in London, wrapped up a superb season last weekend after winning the IAAF Diamond League 100m.

Yesterday, she was greeted at the Norman Manley International Airport by Minister with Responsibility for for Sports, Natalie Neita-Headley; president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Mike Fennell; vice-president Don Anderson and Jamaica Athletic Administrative Assocation (JAAA) head Dr Warren Blake.

Sponsors GraceKennedy and Digicel were also part of the celebration.

"I got more than I ever bargained for. How many people would leave the championship with three medals?" asked Fraser-Pryce of her impressive haul in the British capital.

She used the opportunity to plead for support from fans and assistance from the government for athletes.

She said that while some athletes may not verbally express it, they all looked for support from fans, which is important to their morale.

"If you don't know, it matters. Don't let them (athletes) come on the mic and tell you it doesn't. We deserve the respect because we work hard," she said.

Fraser-Pryce added: "A lot of countries would kill to have one of the athletes we have here."

The Jamaican star, her husband Jason and mother Maxine Simpson were chauffeured home by close friend and former world 100m champion Asafa Powell.

The athlete was greeted by fans upon exiting the terminal building.

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