JAAA hails VCB who calls time on decorated careerThursday, June 24, 2021
BY PAUL A REID
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has hailed multiple World Championships and Olympic Games champion Veronica Campbell Brown, who announced her retirement from track and field yesterday, on the eve of the National Championships which they said would be dedicated in her honour.
Campbell Brown, who was scheduled to take part in the 100m event that starts today, was described by JAAA President Garth Gayle as standing “proudly among Jamaica's greatest sporting icons”.
The former Troy Primary and Vere Technical High standout, who also attended Barton County College and the University of Arkansas in the United States, announced her retirement on social media platform Instagram. “As I take off my spikes never to put them on again, this girl from Clarks Town walks away happy and contented with a race well run,” her statement read.
The 39-year-old Campbell Brown, who has won medals at virtually every level in a career that spanned several decades, garnered nearly 30 medals at major international competitions, including two gold in the 200m at the Olympic Games and two bronze medals in the 100m, gold in both the 100m and 200m at the World Championships, two gold medals in the 60m at the World Indoors, 12 national senior titles and gold medals at the World Under-18 and Under-20 Championships.
Gayle said in a release yesterday, “Jamaica has been served extremely well by Veronica for more than two decades. She has been an amazing example, a mentor, a leader, an ambassador, and most of all a winner. Jamaica's track and field has benefited immensely from her dedication and perseverance. VCB, as we affectionately call her, gave more to the cause than anyone I could think of, putting her body through extreme rigours to get success for Jamaica and herself. The JAAA and by extension Jamaica's track and field salute her today and wish her all the very best as she turns to another chapter in her life.”
Campbell Brown, who competed at five Olympic Games starting in 2000 when she was a high school student, added, “What a journey it has been! Through the grace of God, I have climbed from a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica, up the ladder of success to become one of the most decorated women in the Olympic Games and World Championships history.
“All glory to the Lord for my successes. He blessed me with the talent, the will to stay focused and the requisite work ethic. Additionally, He placed authentic and supportive people in my life who served as pillars of strength as I manoeuvred the highs and lows which littered my athletic career. As I climbed, I passed the rung of hurt, that of injuries and rejection, not to mention tears; however, they never quenched my aspiration to grasp the fruits of success and satisfaction. For that I must venture to say that I am proud and grateful.
“I want to thank the persons and companies who contributed to my successes: my family, especially my husband Omar Brown, who in the latter years served as my coach. I must mention friends, fans, supporters, sponsors, coaches and my agent, OnTrackManagement; I could not have done it without your help and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“I look forward to what God [has] for me in this new chapter. Love and light. — VCB.”
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