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Jamaica’s athletes competing in the 2005 Junior Pan American Games in Canada arrived in Windsor on July 27, to a huge welcome from Jamaican nationals and officials from the city.
Heading the list of delegates greeting the 58-member delegation of athletes and officials was Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Vivia Betton, who exhorted the athletes to give of their best, while wishing them success.
Noting that Jamaica was a “super power” in athletics, she made special mention of Asafa Powell’s world record of 9.77 seconds in the 100-metre sprint. “Historically, our athletes have excelled in international meets, regional games, world championships and the Olympics. Their proven abilities have always been acclaimed by the Jamaican people at home,” said the Consul General.
“The knowledge of athletes and the passion displayed in Jamaica, especially among our youth, have helped to inculcate the spirit of excellence in our athletes,” she added.
Also extending greetings was Yvette Blackburn, Senior Vice President of the National Council of Jamaicans and Supportive Organizations in Canada (NCJSOC), which organized the reception. Mr. Blackburn told the athletes that she was proud of them and mentioned that the group would be at the games cheering them on. “You come from a long lineage of great athletes; you are our ambassadors,” she said.
City Councillor Ron Jones said it was an honour to welcome the Jamaican team to the city of Windsor. “We in Canada have a true love for Jamaica and Jamaicans. Some fine athletes from Jamaica have worn the Canadian colours, such as Donovan Bailey, Ben Johnson, Molly Killingbeck and Angela Taylor,” he noted.
Mr. Jones wished the team well, while asking them to leave some medals for their Canadian counterparts. Team manager, Carol Long, said the team was overwhelmed by the welcome they had received because they were not expecting it. She said the athletes were excited and looking forward to performing well in Windsor.
The five-day Junior Pan American Games is being held at the University of Windsor Stadium. Activities got underway on July 28 with the opening ceremony and competitive events will begin today. The games will end on Sunday (July 31) with an official closing ceremony to begin at 8:40 p.m.