Olympic and World 100 metres silver medallist, Kerron Stewart, has expressed appreciation for the love and support shown to her and other athletes during the recent International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships, in Berlin, Germany.
Speaking at a press conference held Friday (September 25) in the VIP lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Kerron thanked her family and fans for their continuous support”Thank you so much for your support and love, and I just felt so good when I saw the reaction of the people, when I saw the video of Half-Way-Tree and I saw people crying because of what we had done, it means so much. Thank you,” she said.
Earlier, Kerron was met on the jet bridge by a team of officials, including her sister, Tamis Chambers; State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Hon. Shahine Robinson; and representatives of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA), the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).
Kerron, who is also the Olympic 200 metres bronze medallist, lauded the achievements of the female athletes for doing well in the track and field events.
State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson (right), hugs Olympic and World champion Kerron Stewart in the VIP lounge of the Norman Manley International Airport,Kingston, yesterday (September 25) shortly after her arrival at the airport following the World Championships in Berlin, Germany
“All we need to do is just stick together and work hard and know that the women too can take track and field to another level” she said.
The Olympian said that she was proud to be a Jamaican and was disturbed when persons question the credibility of Jamaican athletes.
“As a child, walking four miles to my grandmother’s farm, I knew hard work. I understand hard work, so when they question our credibility as great athletes that hurt me, because I know where I am coming from and I know where all of us are coming from. But, it is for us to rise above that and know that we are great people. I am so proud to be a Jamaican,” she said.
In her remarks, Minister Robinson commended Kerron for her “resilience, perseverance and indomitable spirit” in overcoming her athletic challenges to prepare for the World Championships.
“All the athletes have become inspiring role models and ambassadors, of whom Jamaica is really short at this time, and we believe that God is really working through you to show young people that they too can achieve, if they put in the necessary hard work,” she said.