Saturday 21 September, 2019

Statue of Olympian Campbell-Brown to be unveiled on October 20

Veronica Campbell-Brown.

Veronica Campbell-Brown.

The Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that the statue of outstanding Olympian, Veronica Campbell-Brown, is ready and will be unveiled at the National Stadium in Kingston at the start of Heritage week on Sunday, October 20.

“In the customary manner, the unveiling ceremony will take place at Statue Park at the National Stadium, Grange said Wednesday.

The Minister was addressing a Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association press conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, in New Kingston where the team that will represent Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar from September 27 to October 6, was named.

Grange also disclosed that the well-loved athlete was in Jamaica with her daughter as guests of UNESCO and the Jamaican National Commission on UNESCO, which Grange chairs.

“Veronica, who is among Jamaica’s most celebrated athletes, was the first UNESCO-designated champion for sports in the Americas…that designation being conferred on her in 2009 when I was Minister, Grange said.

She noted that Campbell-Brown’s focus has been on women and girls in sports, advocating for equal treatment for them and for clean sports.

Renowned sculptor Basil 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 Campbell-Brown will be the third to be completed under the programme. The first statue of Usain Bolt was completed and installed in December 2017 while that of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was installed during Heritage Week in 2018.

In her Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives in July, Grange said the statute of Asafa Powell will be unveiled later this year.

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