Jamaicans turned out in their numbers at the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium yesterday (October 4) to show their love and appreciation for the country’s athletes.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, headed the list of attendees at the family fun-day and concert, which was the culmination of a weekend of festivities, dubbed ‘Berlin Salute’ to honour the athletes, who captured the hearts of millions of persons around the world through their performance at the World Championship in Berlin.
While heavy rains pelted Kingston, the sun shone brightly in Trelawny, providing a perfect cover for the activities, which got underway at 2:00 p.m., and included story-telling, rock climbing, 50-metre races, domino games and rides.
A section of the large audience, which turned out at the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium yesterday (Oct .4) for the family fun day and concert in honour of the county’s athletes.
The day’s events segued smoothly into concert time at 6:00 p.m. featuring some superb local acts.
The outpouring of love for the athletes, many of whom originate from Trelawny, was evident as they walked the grounds of the stadium, and met with and greeted those in attendance.
World 200-metre silver medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown described the weekend as “incredible”, adding that it is always lovely when they, as athletes, can celebrate with the people, who have been supporting them.
“As I always say, Jamaicans are one of the greatest supporters, they love track and field, and they support us so it is just fun and exciting to be here celebrating with them,” she stated.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding (2nd R), listens to a point from Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Hon. Olivia Grange (3rd R), during the family fun day and concert to honour the country’s athletes held yesterday (Oct.4) at the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, who spoke to journalists, said that the weekend of activities held in Kingston, Portmore St. Catherine and Trelawny was a “total success,” and that the team from the Ministry, and the athletes were very satisfied with the outcome.
“This weekend has been tremendous, because the celebrations at this time were organised in a more interactive way between the athletes and the people. It was all about the athletes and the people interacting,” she stated.
She said there was a “huge turnout” for the reception at Jamaica House on Friday night (Oct. 2), and the people were able to meet and greet and shake hands with the athletes.
The church service on Saturday (Oct. 3) also went well and “the children had a chance to hug the athletes, get their autographs, and the church community had an opportunity to give thanks and to pray for the athletes,” Minister Grange stated.
The Jamaican athletics, who made the country proud with their performances at the Berlin World Championship, pose for photographs with members of COMPLANT, the Chinese contractors responsible for the construction of the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium, during the family fun day and concert held at the stadium on October 4.
She informed that weekend of events was implemented at a cost of approximately $19 million in cash and kind, mostly through private sector contributions.
She said some 31,000 tickets were printed for the Trelawny event and they were all distributed.