Touchdown in Rio de Janiero
After 12 hours, one plane change, some great photo opportunities with the Minister of Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter, Red Stripe's GO for GOLD grand winners are now on Brazilian soil. It is not by chance that they arrived on the first day of athletics competition. After all, the sport of track and field is where Jamaicans have dominated for decades.
For this group of people from a tiny island of 4,411 square miles, there is an immense emotional connection with the sport. With a recurring presence on the world stage, Jamaica has always been audacious enough to punch above her weight in any competition. Boasting the undisputed fastest human being on the planet as a fellow son of the soil, this proud group of Jamaicans is thrilled to be in the same space as our revered athletes, cheering them on as they make yet another attempt at writing history.
"This is a story that I intend to share with my family, pass down to my children and their children for generations to come," said a tired but happy Paula Nembhard, wife of Kevin Nembhard, a grand prize winner from Kingston.
However, sleep is now merely an appendage of the packed itinerary they have to exhaust. In addition to the highly anticipated action on the track and in the field, these adventurers are now focused on every bit of the sixth most populated city in the Americas as they revel in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"I can't wait to see the city and everything it has to offer. But of course, nothing will compare to when we enter the stadium to see the athletes," said Kevin Nembhard in a jubilant spirit.
High on the adrenaline of the euphoria surrounding the games, the grand prize winners have already captured memories on their camera phones and shared exhilarating voice notes with friends at home. From airport selfies, snapshots of street side vendors and Brazilian street art, the Red Stripe GO for GOLD winners are making every minute count.
"It is just day one and already I am overwhelmed. It is like a dream but you don't ever want to wake up," shared Serona Anderson from St Andrew.