Thompson among Olympians honoured

July 04, 2017
Jamaica Surfing Association President Billy Wilmot (left) greets Jamaica's oldest living Olympian Dr Cynthia Thompson. Looking on is Vishnu Tolan (right) at the Olympic day run press launch on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Jamaica Olympic Association on Cunningham Avenue, Kingston.

Administrator Freddie Green and Olympians Rupert Hoilett and Dr Cynthia Thompson were lauded for their accomplishments in sport last week Thursday, June 29. Staged by the Olympians Association of Jamaica, the event celebrated the trio's role as trailblazers. Accordingly, all three were delighted to be honoured.

Green, who served ISSA, the University of the West Indies and the sport of volleyball with distinction, said gratefully.

"I didn't expect anything like this and it's great. It goes to show that when you do something you love, somebody will reward you sometime after."

The long serving administrator was a prime mover in the merger of Boys Championships and Girls Championships in 1999.

Thompson, an Olympic 100 metre finalist in 1948, and Hoilett shared Green's sentiments. An Olympian as a Kingston College student-athlete in 1964, Hoilett humbly noted that others had run for Jamaica while at high school.

"I was kinda prepared and encouraged by the great Herb McKenley, I took his challenge and it came to pass," he said.

His Champs victories, scored in 1963, 1964 and 1965, each came in record time.

Among those In attendance were 1964 Olympians Dennis Johnson; Vilma Charlton; Dr Una Morris-Chong; Olympic 100 and 200 metre finalist Mike Fray; 1972 Olympians Garth Case; Trevor 'TC' Campbell; four-time Olympian Cathy Rattray-Samuel' Allan 'Skill' Cole; JAAA Vice President Ian Forbes; his father Headley; Netball Jamaica president Paula Daley-Morris; Gloria Royale-Davis, and principal of the GC Foster College for Physical Education and Sport.

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