Grange wishes athletes best on way to Rio

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July 22, 2016
Contributed Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in conversation with Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange and deputy director of tourism, Jason Hall, at the send-off reception for Jamaica's Olympic team at the Embassy of Brazil in Kingston on Tuesday night.

KINGSTON:

Sport Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, on Tuesday, offered words of encouragement to the athletes who will be representing Jamaica at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August. Speaking at a send-off reception for the Jamaican team, held at the Embassy of Brazil in Kingston, Grange urged the athletes to try to relax and do their best.

"Jamaica is sending you with God's blessing, with courage and pride. We are champions. Wi likle but wi tallawah must always be your mantra. We are a great sporting nation and we shall remain great," Grange said.

She urged the more experienced athletes to share any lessons and experiences they have garnered from previous engagements with those who are experiencing the Olympics for the first time as the global stage can be very overwhelming.

The minister also thanked the support staff for their continued contributions to the well-being and achievements of the athletes and for their service to the country.

"We know that behind and before every athlete are the coaches, managers, medical personnel, family members and all other persons who support the athletes - including those who prepare and maintain the facilities (running track, jumping pits, etc.) and all the other behind- the-scene activities which contribute to the well-being and achievements of the athletes," she said.

In reassuring the athletes that no matter the outcome of their performance they will forever be champions in the hearts of their fellow countrymen, the minister reminded them that upon their return to Jamaica, they will be treated to a celebration, as is customary.

"Lest you forget, you are Brand Jamaica," she added.

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