OJ for late athletics boss Aris

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, August 08, 2012    

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THE late former president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), Howard Aris, is to be posthumously bestowed with the country's fourth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica (OJ).

Aris is one of six sports persons/administrators to be honoured at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at Kings House on National Heroes Day, October 15.

The other honourees are Olympian Dennis Johnson; footballer Aldrick 'Allie' McNab; cricketer Tamar Lambert; and administrators Monica Ingleton and Lester Crooks.

Aris, who will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to Jamaica's Sports Development, died suddenly on November 10 last year after serving as president of the local governing body since 2005.

The former head coach of Kingston College's track team was also a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Youth Council.

Aris helped found the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) of which he was a member between 1995 and 2011, serving as chairman between 1998 and 2007.

Johnson, who received the Order of Distinction (OD), Officer Class in 2001, will receive the Order of Distinction Commander Class for his contribution to the development of track and field in Jamaica.

The Olympian, who still holds a world record in the 100 yards, was the founding Director of Sport at the University of Technology (UTech) which has gained fame as home of the MVP Track and Field Club of which the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, Melaine Walker, and Brigitte Foster-Hylton are a part.

Johnson was also instrumental in formulating the "Bolts of Lightning" which was the first relay team to run sub-40 seconds in Jamaica.

He is also the founder of the Jamaica Intercollegiate Relays, the Central American and Caribbean Relay Championships (1994), and introduced Foot Orienteering to Jamaica in 1999.

Johnson also coached several national teams to the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Lambert will also be honoured with an OD for his contribution to cricket and his outstanding leadership of the national senior team which he led to five consecutive titles in the regional four-day championships.

McNab will receive the OD for long and dedicated service to the field of sports. He is a former national footballer from 1963 to 1985 and served as coach from 1987 to 1988.

He was advisor for matters related to sport to former Minister of Information, Culture and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange,

The Cornwall College alumni also competed in athletics and won gold and silver medals at the annual Boys' Championships in 1966. He was also named the Victor Lodorom Boys' champion athlete that year.

Between 1977 and 1991, McNab worked with the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC), providing coverage on the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in the Dominican Republic, as well as meets in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, as well as the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Ingleton will receive the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service for the promotion of swimming, while Crooks will receive a similar honour for service to business, sports and community development.

While he is being honoured for his contribution in the field of psychiatry, Dr Aggrey Irons, who will be bestowed with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD), has worked in that capacity with various members of national sporting bodies, including the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) and the JAAA.





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