Thursday 21 November, 2019

Fraser-Pryce worthy to be among most Influential 100 women - Grange

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (right) beats Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith to win women's 100m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on September 29, 2019.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (right) beats Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith to win women's 100m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on September 29, 2019.

The Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange, has said that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) naming Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to the list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world, “is recognition totally deserving.”

Fraser-Pryce, who became the only woman to win the 100 metres on four occasions at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar last month was earlier this week named alongside artists, environmentalists, human rights activists, architects, politicians, scientists, writer, among others.

Minister Grange said that Fraser-Pryce's exploits on the track would have been monumental even before her gold medal run at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

“But at the Doha meet, she demonstrated courage, class, and fortitude to take her fourth 100m gold medal at age 32 and after motherhood. She is in indeed one of the greatest examples for women anywhere of what can be accomplished with determination."

At 32-years-old, Fraser-Pryce is the oldest woman to ever win an Olympic or world 100m title - and the first mother to do so since 1995.

The BBC noted that she carried her two-year-old son Zyon, on her lap of honour, saying she wanted to "inspire women thinking of starting a family".

“Finding balance is never easy but we as women get to decide. I never limit myself as to what is possible as long as my body will cooperate,” Fraser-Pryce told the BBC.

“It's important for the future of athletics that women continue to challenge themselves. I am excited to see just how far I can go, even at this stage of my career,” she added.

The Sport Minister also congratulated Shelly-Ann on being among the nominees for IAAF Athlete of the Year. “We know that the competition is strong but we also know that you have done enough to win it.”

The BBC's 100 Women team drew up a shortlist based on names gathered by them and suggested by the BBC's network of World Service languages teams.

"We were looking for candidates who had made the headlines or influenced important stories over the past 12 months, as well as those who have inspiring stories to tell, achieved something significant or influenced their societies in ways that wouldn't necessarily make the news," the BBC explained.

The pool of names was then assessed against this year's theme - the Female Future - and measured for regional representation and due impartiality before the final 100 were chosen.

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