Thursday 18 October, 2018

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's statue to be unveiled on Sunday

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange, has announced that the statue of Jamaican Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be unveiled this Sunday, October 14.

The unveiling will take place during a special ceremony at Statue Park in the National Stadium, where the statue will be mounted.

Minister Grange said the unveiling of the statue "was timed to coincide with the commemoration of Heritage Week.” 

 “Shelly-Ann is one of our modern day heroes whose accomplishments are an inspiration for the entire nation.  It is quite fitting that we should unveil Shelly-Ann’s statue at this time when we celebrate and highlight Jamaica’s rich heritage in all areas, including sport,” said Grange in a statement.

Minister Grange has invited the public to attend the ceremony and witness the unveiling of Shelly Ann’s statue. 

 “The statue is here in Jamaica; it has been installed and we’re all set for the unveiling on Sunday at the National Stadium. I look forward to welcoming members of the public as we celebrate this happy occasion with the outstanding pocket rocket,” said the Minister.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will unveil the statue during the ceremony which will begin at 4:00 pm.

The bronze statue — to the scale of one and quarter life size — was designed by renowned sculptor Basil Watson.

Watson has been engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme. 

The statue in honour of Fraser-Pryce is the second to be completed under the programme.  The first statue of Usain Bolt was completed and installed last December.  The remaining statues of Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell are now in the design stage. 

Fraser-Pryce became the first Jamaican woman to win a 100-metre Olympic gold medal. She achieved the feat at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. 

In 2009, Fraser-Pryce won the 100-metre gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, becoming the second female sprinter in history to simultaneously hold both Olympic and world 100-metre titles.

At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Fraser-Pryce won her second straight 100-metre Olympic gold medal with a time of 10.75 seconds, beating American track star Carmelita Jeter. The win made Fraser-Pryce the first woman to repeat 100-metre victories since American Gail Devers (in 1992 and 1996).

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