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Robinson says Fraser-Pryce represents the best that is in us

PNP HEADQUARTERS | 2018-10-18 11:58:00

People's National Party(PNP) General Secretary Julian Robinson lauded Jamaican Olympian, multi world champion and record holder and super star athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the official statue unveiling ceremony at Independence Park.
“There are many great memories of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, but none more iconic than the pumping of her fist in the air not once, but twice when she won the 100 meters at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

“The first time that she clenched and pumped her fist in the air demonstrated her own victory over a set of circumstances that would have overwhelmed most of us.” Mr Robinson said.
“When she repeated this, she portrayed our triumph and the triumph of our country over adversities.”
Mr Robinson emphasised the Olympian’s prowess at the London Olympics when she ‘dusted’ what was perhaps the strongest 100 meters field ever assembled.
“This time there was no fist pump in the air. Indeed, she was not sure she had won, and when she heard that she had, she fell to the ground in tearful joy and said, ”Thank you,  Jesus”, thereby proclaiming a faith and a gratitude shared by her people. We should not have been surprised.  Her faith is familial.  When the cameras first caught her mother after her famous Beijing victory, she was in church giving thanks.”

Shelly-Ann, the only female sprinter to win Olympics 100 meters medals on three consecutive occasions, quite simply represents the best that is in us as a people.  Barely over five feet, she stands tall as an example of the values that we all want to instill in our young people.
“Let us recall the courage and perseverance she exhibited when even though she had won the Jamaican Trials in 2008, many questioned whether she should represent us in the 100 meters at the Beijing Olympics.

She is also the only female athlete to reign as both World and Olympic champion on separate occasions, when she won the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World titles, and then the 2012 Olympic and 2013 World titles. She has run forty (40) sub 11 sec 100m of which eleven (11) of those were below 10.80. Her PR of 10.70 ranks her as the fourth fastest female sprinter ever. (#1 is Flo Jo and #2 is Marion Jones)

Shelly-Ann’s greatest strength has been her consistency. Her first sub 11 sec  100m was in 2008 and her last was merely three months ago post pregnancy and the birth of her son.

“ Let us also not forget her great coach, Mr. Stephen Francis, who is responsible for her phenomenal achievements and who has stood by her through thick and thin. Commendations to the MVP track club, her management team and family who are all responsible for her success.”
Mr Robinson commended the government for the initiative of honouring the nation's sporting icons an the people of Waterhouse for their unfadibg support of the star athlete.
“This statue is a fitting tribute to the dedication and achievements of one who has represented her country with such great distinction,” he said.



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