Forbes 'humbled' by national honour

August 08, 2017
Team Jamaica manager Ian Forbes. Forbes will be awarded the Order of Distinction in October.

Manager for Jamaica's team at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London and experienced administrator Ian Forbes said he was humbled after being confirmed as one of several sporting personalities who will be presented with national awards on National Heroes Day in October.

Forbes is one of three individuals here in London, who will recognised for their respective contributions to the development of sports.

Speaking on the 22nd anniversary of her death on Sunday, Forbes credited his mother along with his father for his lifelong passion for volunteerism and sports development.

"Undoubtedly when one's country sees it fit to honour you for service then it's a really humbling experience," said Forbes.

Forbes will be conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for his service through volunteerism in the field of sports and youth mentorship.

"I am humbled to be recognised. I have been doing this since I was very young, my parents before me; my mother, who is now. She died on Independence Day in 1995 but she was a volunteer. My father who is still volunteering, he pretty much set the pace for me to follow."


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Head coach Maurice Wilson also received an Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer for his contribution to track and field, while world renowned Stephen Francis, will be honoured with the Order of Jamaica through his work and contribution to track and field through coaching.

Other sporting representatives listed for national honours are Brian Breese, Chris Gayle, Stafanie Taylor, Lloyd Pommels and Theodore Whitmore.

"My father was a former treasurer and assistant secretary at the JAAA, he was the assistant equipment manager when Jamaica hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1966 so it all started when I was a youngster," Forbes added.

"I am also involved in other areas of volunteerism through the United Way Jamaica, the Salvation Army and a host of others including my alma mater Jamaica College."

Forbes takes special pride in mentorship and encouraged that youngsters continue to be involved in volunteerism in Jamaica.

"We need succession planning and it's always ideal to have young people volunteering. Quite a number of youngsters are involved in volunteerism through clubs, societies and other areas and this is important."

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