An honour to be part of this era, says Bibi
Former national football Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner said he is honoured to be part of an era which saw the rise of Jamaican track legend Usain Bolt.
Bolt ran his final professional race on Jamaican soil at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium on Saturday and Gardner and several other local stars including fellow former Reggae Boy, Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison were it the stands to witness the moment.
“To see Usain and what he has achieved is just something that you cannot describe in words. I’m just happy for him and his family because a small district where he has come from and (to make) such as big achievement in the world, it’s a proud moment for me as a friend, not only as a friend but also as a fan,” said Gardner.
In fact, Gardner and Goodison wore caps signaling that they were members of Bolt’s ‘A-Team.
The caps had the words ‘A-Team’ emblazoned in the front, with the nickname of the person wearing it on one side, with the words ‘Ger’ in honour of late Jamaica-born British high jumper Germaine Mason, on the other. Mason died in a motor cycle accident on April 20.
“The A-Team are winners,” Gardner told STAR Sports, adding that as a boy he did not expect to be part of a group of Jamaicans who would achieve such heights of world recognition.
“I didn’t imagine this and this goes to show you that anything is possible. I just want every Jamaican to know that once there is something that you want to achieve in the world it’s not impossible once you believe in it and once you want to work hard and keep focused and be very humble in what you do,” he said.
Gardner said Mason would be missed but while not present physically would always be in their thoughts.
“He (Mason) is not here physically but he will be here with us spiritually every day from the day of his passing he has still been a part of our lives spiritually and will be with us until we meet with us again on the other side,” he said.