Sporting fraternity mourns Pat Anderson's death
Jamaica lost one of its outstanding former sport administrators yesterday, when Patrick Anderson, who was at the helm of both the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), passed away at the University Hospital of West Indies.
The 84 year old was ailing for some time.
Known as "Pops", "Uncle Bunny" or "Dust", Anderson played a pivotal role in the development of sports in the country, especially in track and field and football.
Anderson, who is one of the founders of the event, was awarded at the 2018 staging of the Kirkvive Development meet for services rendered.
Under his leadership at the JAAA, he introduced weekend training camps for junior athletes, who would meet at the GC Foster College campus, to get special assistance in preparation for overseas assignments.
Many track and field experts believe that it was at these camps that the likes of Melaine Walker, Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Jermaine Gonzales and Usain Bolt blossomed.
STAR Sports caught up with several individuals, who worked with Anderson - the likes of Maurice Wilson, Maurice Westney, Barry Watson and Chester McCarthy, who all spoke glowingly of the man.
"I am presently devastated by the news. Pops was a father, friend and mentor to me. He had a love for the ordinary man, he never cared about Earthly possessions, but always wanted to see the unfortunate prosper. A true product of the Father Sherlock Boys Town Community," said Wilson, who is presently in Australia at the Commonwealth Games, as head coach of the Jamaican track and field team.
"Pat was one of the pioneer sport administrator in Jamaica. He started a lot of programmes, one of his main objectives was to ensure that the development of young people in Jamaica be taken care of. He was one man, who spent his entire life administrating sports. The amount of youngsters that he assisted in his lifetime, I cannot count. I must say that he left a lot of legacy for us to continue his work and I am hoping that we in Manchester will continue the work that he started," said Barry Watson, who is the President of the Manchester Football Association.
Maurice Westney, former Vice Principal of GC Foster College and who has been associated with Anderson for over 30 years, especially in Central Jamaica was very devastated when he heard the news.
"This is shocking I can't believe. I knew he was sick, but didn't see this happening. He was very special in a lot of ways," he said.
Athletic Director of GC Foster College, Chester McCarthy spoke highly of the man.
"The news is very devastating as he was someone extra special. I have been associated with Pat for over 20 years and during the triumph of Holmwood Technical at (Champs), he played a very significant role, while at his base, Alcan Kirkvine. He will be surely missed by the entire country not only in sport but generally," said McCarthy.