KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has congratulated “exceptional” Elaine Thompson-Herah after the Jamaican sprinter won the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award.
Thompson-Herah was on Sunday named Sportswoman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
She is the first Jamaican female and second Jamaican to win the prestigious award, joining world record holder Usain Bolt, who won the men's award on four occasions — 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2017.
Grange said winning the Laureus award was “another well-deserved recognition of the best athlete in the world”.
According to Grange, this “latest success for the fastest woman alive is a tribute to Thompson-Herah’s hard work and sacrifice”.
The minister sent her congratulations from London where she will launch the Jamaica 60 programme of activities in the United Kingdom on Monday evening at the White City House.