VCB boosts Vere Tech with gym surprise
IT has been 11 years since Vere Technical last won the ISSA Girls' Championship and that time span is almost unbearable for Veronica Campbell Brown, the most decorated athlete to have walked its hallways.
Although she doesn't expect immediate success, Campbell Brown has donated a weight training equipment that will certainly help to elevate her alma mater back to the glory days.
"It's been a long time that Vere has not won Champs and I really missed that because we have such a competitive spirit at Vere Technical High School and such a rich history and so, I just hope that they can get back to winning streak, work hard, train hard and this machine is just a new addition to their programme and I know coach will put it to good use," she told the Jamaica Observer.
"I am not saying that this machine will get them there. But it will indeed help with their weights training and I am happy that I am able to help in that regard. I am looking forward to seeing Vere at the top again and whatever I can do to contribute, it's always
my pleasure," said Campbell Brown.
The equipment was purchased at the Giscombe's Sports Warehouse in Premier Plaza and was presented to Vere's head coach, John Mair.
"We just want to say how grateful [we are] so we can place it in our gym which has limited equipment. But as we go along, I hope a lot more past students can come along and contribute," said Mair.
Campbell Brown, who was recently exonerated from all doping violations, admitted that her recent ordeal cost her in excess of 90 per cent of her financial earnings, adding that the resulting ripple effect has affected her charities, most notably
her Veronica Cambbell Brown Foundation that assist young women.
But she was still able to contribute to her alma mater and will continue to provide for her Foundation as long as she can.
"As long as God blesses me and I have the means and resources, I am always willing to give and contribute to help better society. I am truly blessed that I am able to help others," said Campbell Brown.
"It is always my pleasure to contribute to my alma mater Vere Technical High School. It was brought to my attention that equipment was needed for the athletes to use and I was willing and able to purchase it for them, and it is my pleasure, and I know that they will put it to good use," she noted.
Campbell Brown, who led Vere Technical to the title in 2001 and still holds the 100m record with 11.12 seconds, is contemplating attending this year's Champs, having resided overseas for a number of years.
"I haven't been to Champs for a while, but I haven't decided yet, but I will look into it and see," she told the Observer.