Friday, June 16, 2017

Sport: Bolt Gets His "Figure" set in bronze

Unveiling of maquette of what will be tributary statue, joining track and field stalwarts such as Arthur Wint, Merlene Ottey,, and the Jamaican netballers

Ian Forbes, of SDF led off the greetings and spoken word summaries of the Legendary One's career and the rationale for monumentalizing the icon

motivate the nation's youth

in and beyond track and field

JAAA's Warren Blake retraced themergence of Bolt on the world stage atthe now famous IAAF Junior Champs in 2002, hopping and skipping tothe record-breaking, heart-stopping moment in Beijing where Bolt unleashed his now ubiquitous "to the world" archer's pose.

"It is only fitting that grateful nation, celebrating its 55th Anniversary, pay tribute to its greatest athlete, with a tributary statue from one of the nation's greatest sculptors

the  dapper Dennis Gordon, repping Bolt's Racers Track Club, was up next, fresh from the sensational farewell Racers Track meet, said the quest was now on for another superstar that can carry the good name of Jamaica as broadly and as far as Usain did.

In her turn, Minister Grange spoke to being "extremely happy" that all her Sport Development Foundation directors were present

Signals the seriousness of the Government regarding investing in sports.

She acknowledged the ongoing intenet controversy surrounding a different Usain Bolt statue that bore little resemblance to the man from Trelawny

Minister said that the full statue will be ready in August, to coicide with both the country's 55th and bolt's own 30th birthday

Independence Park complex will bear the statues of Bob Marley as well as Usain Bolt. Minister also congratulated Racers Track Club on "outsoing themselves" att he recently staged track meet.

Artist Basil Watson said the marriage of the arts and sports was fascinating and also the opportunity to transmit the dreams and aspirations of a decidedly young population. Bolt, Watson said, had remained humble despite the level of his achievements. He hoped for public approval, but said he was very proud of what had been achieved.

The meeting also got a progress report of sorts on the final piece, including delivery of

Then the unveiling, which also included Primary Schools athletic champion CHris Scott

The unveiling of the official Bolt statue is dependent on the icon's schedule, but Min Grange gave a tentative timeline of the National Heroes Weekend in October.

Thereafter, studies for Shelly-Anne "Pocket rocket" Fraser-Pryce, Asafa "sub-10 King" Powell and Veronica "VCB" Campbell will proceed for end of year and 2018 presentations

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