Sunday 18 March, 2018

Troy Primary to be renamed the Veronica Campbell Brown Primary School

The Troy Primary School in Trelawny is to be renamed the Veronica Campbell Brown Primary in honour of the decorated Olympian.

The announcement was made Thursday by the Minister of Sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange. Campbell-Brown, 35, a native of Trelawny, attended Troy Primary before moving on to Vere Technical High for her secondary education where she excelled as a youth athlete. According to the minister, the renaming of the school is being done as a “tribute to one of Jamaica’s greatest athletes.”

Grange made the announcement at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston as she addressed the launch of the 2018 VCB 5K Run/Walk Race scheduled for Vere in Clarendon on January 21.

 “Plans are well advanced for Troy Primary, which occupies a building over 100 years old to be renamed for Veronica. It is one of the Jamaica 55 Legacy Projects,” the Minister said.

 She also revealed that the old teacher’s cottage at Troy Primary would be restored subject to approval from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and that the school building and property would also be renovated. The Minister also announced that the contract had been signed for the erection of the Veronica Brown Statue at the National Stadium this year.

Minister Grange said that Campbell Brown, after enjoying an extraordinary career, which had put her amongst the world’s most successful track and field athletes, had decided to give back to Jamaica “in a big way” with the establishment of the VCB Foundation in 2011 and inauguration of the VCB 5K Run/Walk in 2016.

“As we know, the Foundation provides financial support and mentoring to girls attending Vere Technical High School, St  Andrew Technical High School and Troy and Erwin High Schools. The Foundation will expand to eight schools this year.

So far Veronica has given over $2 million to the work of the Foundation, Grange remarked. She hailed Campbell Brown as not just being a great athlete but a great Jamaican woman.

The launch function ended with Campbell Brown presenting Minister Grange with a pair of her running shoes from the Beijing Olympics where she won the 200 metres gold and one of her running outfits from the London Olympics where she won bronze in the 100 metres.

Campbell Brown has two gold medals from the 2004 Athens Olympics from the 200 metres and the 4x100 metre relay. The items will be placed in the Sport Museum.