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Minister of Agriculture and Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that the main lesson learnt from the 2008 Olympic Games is that if persons work hard they will be rewarded in return.
Dr. Tufton, who was speaking at a function in White Hall, St. Elizabeth, recently, to honour Silver and Bronze Medallist, Shericka Williams, told the gathering that none of the athletes achieved a medal without applying discipline and strict routine to their daily life.
“You are here today because of your pride in Shericka, and a demonstration of support and congratulatory display in her performances. She had to train hard for her success, your success and Jamaica’s success. All of us must apply that type of discipline to our lives. Sometimes you might not want to go to work, but you know that if you go out and work, you will get returns,” Dr. Tufton said.
He pointed out that students have a great deal to gain from Miss Williams’ successes. “Sometimes you don’t want to do the homework, but you must always focus on the fact that if you don’t do it you wont pass the exams, and if you do the homework you can pass the exams and achieve your degree and be able to work and support your family,” he said.
Dr. Tufton further emphasised that, “The critical lesson in all of this, for all of us, is to simply work hard and we will achieve. Work hard and no matter where you come from, no matter who you know or don’t know, if you are willing to work hard you can achieve. We want to recognise that spirit of hard work that every Jamaican has the capacity to do. We can build better and greater communities if we put out our individual and community efforts,” he said.