Mico honours World Junior champ James
World Under 20 female champion, Tiffany James, was recognised by staff and students of the Mico University College at the school's general assembly, held inside the Eli Matalon Gymnasium yesterday morning.
James, who became the first Jamaican female to win a gold medal at the global level, following her success in July in Bydgoszcz, Poland, was one of five individuals who were honoured by the institution. The 400m runner who was also a member the silver-winning 4x400 metres team in Poland, received a certificate and a plaque for her achievements.
Fellow students, including James' sister, Samantha, and Dawnalee Loney, both received certificates for being part of Jamaica NACAC Under-23 silver-medal winning 4x400 metres relay team last July in in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Javere Bell was also recognised for being a member of the Jamaica team to the Rio Olympic Games.
Also getting certificates were track and field coach of the institution, Olympian Bertland Cameron and director of sports, Raymond "KC" Graham, for their contribution to the development of sports at the university.
The opportunity was also used for the launching of Mico's first 5K road race, where race director Ian Forbes, general manager of Sherwin Williams and Miconians, spoke about the event and implored all Miconians to "attend in large numbers".
Funds raised from the event will go towards the Pre-University Men's Programme (PUMP).
Also present at yesterday's function was Professor Neville Ying, Pro Chancellor and chairman of the board of directors, Mico University College; Dr. Asburn Pinnock, president, Mico University College and Miconian Maurice Wilson, who was technical director of Jamaica's track and field team to the Rio Olympic Games.