Monday 26 October, 2020

Grange, ISSA pay tribute to veteran sports administrator Freddie Green

Sport minister Olivia Grange described Freddie Green as "one of the finest athletes and sports administrators Jamaica has produced."

Sport minister Olivia Grange described Freddie Green as "one of the finest athletes and sports administrators Jamaica has produced."

Sport minister Olivia Grange and the Inter-Secondary Sports Association (ISSA) have paid tribute to veteran sports administrator Winford "Freddie" Green, who died on Sunday night at the age of 88.

Grange described Freddie Green as "one of the finest athletes and sports administrators Jamaica has produced," while a release from ISSA said, "Freddie brought order and purpose to whatever he did."

Grange further said that “Freddie Green was a kind and affable man. He was a sportsman through and through. He was an outstanding athlete from his high days when he represented Kingston College in three disciplines — football, cricket and track and field — helping them to win national titles in all three. Later he became a teacher of physical education, a football coach, Director of Sports at the University of the West Indies, General Secretary of ISSA for more than 30 years, and IAAF track official. And he also found time to represent Jamaica in volleyball."

Minister Grange also expressed condolences to Freddie Green’s family and friends.

ISSA also stated that "Freddie was the man at the helm of ISSA from 1970 to 2005 when he retired. He brought order and purpose to whatever he did, getting things done quietly, without fanfare, with steadiness in his role as a sports administrator and educator par excellence.

"His contribution to sports, in particular track and field, is iconic. He spearheaded the technical team that merged Boys and Girls Championships in 1999. ISSA is proud and indeed blessed to have had the services of Freddie as its general secretary over those years where his work lifted the association to great heights in the running of High Schools Sports island-wide."

ISSA also expressed condolences to his wife Marva, children and other family members.

Green served as Director of Sports at Mico College from 1960 to 1967 and Director of Sports for the University of the West Indies from 1972 to 1992.

Green will also be best remembered as a standout athlete KC where he represented the school in track and field, football and cricket. KC were champions of all three sports for the 1949-1950 season, and Green had the distinction of being a member of all three teams.  

Green had two head coaching roles with the Manning Cup football team at KC leading them to victories in 1951 and 1952 during his first stint before departing for Canada in 1953. His other head coaching role at KC was between1958 to 1960, during which he won the Manning Cup twice and the Oliver Shield.

For his contribution to sports, Green was awarded the Order of Distinction (OD) by the Government of Jamaica in 2003.

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