Elaine sets sights on World Championships title; Grateful for Flow sponsorshipSaturday, September 18, 2021
Two-time double Olympic Games and 2021 Diamond League champion Elaine Thompson-Herah is looking forward to even greater exploits as she sets her sights on a World Championships title within the next four years.
The fastest woman alive returned to the island Wednesday evening after her blistering performances at the 2020 Olympic Games and on the 2021 Diamond League circuit.
She was welcomed on arrival at a press briefing hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport at the Norman Manley International Airport's VIP Lounge. The welcome party included Minister Olivia Grange and Stephen Price, general manager and vice-president at Flow Jamaica, one of her two local corporate sponsors.
Thompson-Herah, a Flow ambassador, was grateful for the support from Jamaicans and her corporate sponsors, vowing to work even harder to continue to make all Jamaicans proud.
“I'm just really happy to be home. I had a challenging season last year, it was difficult, but I managed. I've not yet achieved a World Championships title, and I'm just gonna give it my all while I prepare,” said a relaxed Thompson-Herah, who was supported by her husband Derron.
Minister Grange also expressed her gratitude to the private sector companies for their sponsorship of Thompson-Herah and added how proud she was of the performance of the athletes, and particularly women in sports.
“I want to encourage them to continue to represent Elaine well so that she can represent Jamaica,” she said. “I'm in the process of finalising arrangements to fund young athletes who have matriculated to university. Jaheel Hyde is the first athlete to benefit, in partnership with The University of the West Indies,” Minister Grange informed the gathering.
Meanwhile, Price, who shared that he was among the Jamaicans who had waited with bated breath as Thompson-Herah took her place in the blocks, with pot covers and horns ready to herald her first-place finishes, said that his company was proud to be one of her sponsors.
“You carried the hearts and minds of Jamaicans with you. You carried a nation with you and we're proud to be your sponsor. You're a fine example of, and represent the progress that we at Flow are promoting and facilitating among Jamaicans, to realise and maximise their true potential.
“As we continue the drive, at Flow, to connect more homes and communities with fibre-fast Internet, we're also mindful that we're providing even more persons with an opportunity to meet their connectivity needs and achieve their dreams, with a faster and more reliable experience,” he said.
Thompson-Herah's partnership with Flow dates back to 2016.