Most global stars celebrate their birthdays with the finest champagne and cuisine. For super athlete, Usain Bolt, a bag of sweets and some chicken nuggets did the trick.
The star celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday, August 21, at an exclusive reception at the Berlin, Berlin Hotel in Berlin, Germany.
The function, staged by Jamaica’s Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, was attended by Usain’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt; Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett and the star’s teammates and management team, including sprinters Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas and team officials Donald Quarrie, Glen Mills, Dr. Winston Dawes and Howard Aris.
President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association Howard Aris discusses Jamaica’s chances in the relays with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, at a birthday party for Usain Bolt on Friday, August 21.
Several lucky travelling Jamaican supporters also made the guest list to the event. Mr. Bolt was relaxed as he clowned about with his parents and had his teammates in stitches.
With characteristic force, he blew out the candles on the massive birthday cake which bore the inscription, ‘Happy Birthday, Our Golden Son’. He was presented with a package of a week’s vacation at the exclusive Round Hill Resort for him and his family by Minister Bartlett.
Minister Grange presented the star with a copy of Judge Patrick Robinson’s book: ‘Jamaican Athletics: A Model for 2012 and the World’.
Long jumper, Aleen Bailey and team media liaison, Cathy Rattray-Williams, also celebrated their birthdays and received holiday packages from the Ibero Star Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James.
Olympic gold medallist, Michael Frater, enjoys at a meal at Usain Bolt’s birthday party in Berlin on Friday, August 21. AT left is 400 Metres runner, Ricardo Chambers.
Guests were treated to a fine buffet of Caribbean styled finger food and a selection of exotic fruits.
Mr. Bolt relaxed with his guests as Jamaican music pulsated throughout the lobby of the hotel, which hosts all the athletes and officials competing at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
Earlier in the evening, guests inside the Olympic Stadium sang happy birthday to the ‘King of Athletics’ as he collected his gold medal and cheque for another record-breaking performance in the 200 metres.