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Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, says Jamaicans should not get carried away with the exploits of the Olympians and lose sight of the fact that there are persons who guided, supported and shepherded them, so that they could shine before the world.
“The sports administrators, coaches, managers, physiotherapists, the medical team – all the people who made it possible…those who provided the critical support, let’s show them how appreciative all of us in Jamaica are’, Mr. Golding said.
He was speaking this afternoon (Sept 17), at a special luncheon hosted at Jamaica House, in honour of the sports administrators, who supported Jamaica’s Olympians in Beijing China. Also representing the Government at the luncheon was Sports Minister, Olivia Grange.
Mr. Golding said the esteem, value of self and our own perception of Jamaica have changed permanently, as a result of Jamaica’s success in Beijing. He said it was important to express gratitude to all the parties who contributed to our Olympic success and to take an all-inclusive approach, as most times people do not think about those in the background.
Expressing appreciation on behalf of the Jamaica Olympic Association, President Mike Fennel, said that this was the first time special recognition was being paid to the administrators by a Government. He noted that although the athletes dominated the Beijing games, all the other participants – the swimmers and cyclists represented Jamaica to the best of their ability. He said Beijing provided an opportunity to demonstrate the power of sports and what it could do for the youth.
Chef de Mission to Beijing, Don Anderson, also expressed appreciation on behalf of the team and paid special tribute to administrators Compton Rodney, Donald Quarrie and Glen Mills, for the tremendous roles they played. He said the team looked forward to greater collaboration with the Government.
The Opposition People’s national Party,(PNP), was represented at the luncheon by its Chairman, Robert Pickersgill who also had high praises for the sports administrators and paid special commendation to the Government, for recognising the sports administrators for their significant contribution.