Jamaican multi-Olympic gold-medalist, Veronica Campbell-Brown, was honoured with the unveiling of her statue at Statue Park at the National Stadium on Sunday, October 20.
Campbell-Brown, Jamaica’s decorated sprinter who has donned the national colours at the senior level while still being a junior since 2000, drew a wide cross section of the society to the National Stadium.
With members of the government, parliamentary opposition, diplomats, executives from corporate Jamaica, former schools Vere Technical and Troy Primary, former teammates and leaders of sporting organisations, Campbell-Brown glowed with pride throughout the one-and-a-half-hour long event.
Breaking the monotony of the speeches were entertainment presentations by Radical Weapons Praise and Worship Team, Ana Strachan who did the National Anthem, One Third and gospel singer Jermaine Edwards.
Those who paid tribute to Campbell-Brown in speeches were Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA); Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA); Katherine Grigsby, director of UNESCO’s Caribbean Cluster Office; and Denise Daley, who represented Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange also gave a remark with Prime Minister Andrew Holness being the main speaker.
Reverend Al Miller opened the afternoon’s proceeding with a prayer.
Campbell-Brown’s statue joins a number of former athletes, who have been honoured with a statue at Statue Park. The iconic piece was done by noted sculpture Barry Watson.
In her athletic career, Campbell-Brown won three gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games; one bronze, three gold and seven silver medals at the World Championships; one gold and four silver medals at the Commonwealth Games; and two gold medals at the World Indoor Championships.