'Wonderful' Jackson make parents proud
Rio Olympics 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who was greeted on her return to the island by members of her family, has been lauded as a 'wonderful child' while being tipped to excel and produce even better results at next World Championships in London.
Jackson's mother, Diane Llewellyn, and step father Karl Christie, were in attendance at an official welcome home function for members of her MVP camp inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport, on Tuesday.
Jackson produced a well-timed run to finish third in the women's 400m final, then returned to team up with Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Wilby and Novlene Williams-Mills to win the women's 4x400m relay gold.
"Words cannot explain how happy and proud I feel. It feels good," said her mother Diane, who added that her community, in Ocho Rios, St Ann was full of awe over her daughter's performances.
"The community it's like the community mash up, and everybody celebrating with us," she continued.
Her stepfather Karl (Christie), tipped Jackson to get better.
"I know she can reach anywhere she wants to and reach because she is very talented.
There is a lot more success for her to come and we are just giving thanks," he told STAR Sports.
He added that as an athletics lover, it means a lot to see Jackson excel.
"I feel so proud, just to see from early on until now it just feels nice. She can go ... much better, the next World Championships, we are looking for more than that she has all my support, 1000 per cent."
Meanwhile, for her part, Jackson revealed, she has "grown much more in confidence" since working with the Stephen Francis led MVP track club.