Four receive special honours, Olympians pinned at annual dinner

By June 19, 2019

Several Jamaican Olympians were presented with Olympic pins during a special dinner held in their honour at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, June 18.

The celebratory dinner put on by the Olympians Association of Jamaica (OAJ) also honoured four individuals for their prolonged exemplary service to the sport of track and field and to the Olympic movement.

Ian Forbes, son of Headley Forbes, one of the honorees also announced the launch of a fund to assist those who have served and who have fallen on hard times. He committed US$800 to the fund while Dr Una Morris committed to continuing funding the event for the rest of her life.

She also indicated that even after she passes, her family’s trust would continue to support the annual event that honours the growing number of Jamaican Olympians.

The athletes pinned in the night included Patrick Robinson, (Tokyo 1964); Dennis Johnson (Rome 1960 and Tokyo1964); and Una Morris-Chong (Tokyo 1964, Mexico1968, Munich1972).

 Also pinned were Debbie Byfield (Munich1972); Bertland Cameron (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles1984, Seoul 1988) and Allan Roy Marsh (Los Angeles1984);

Ethlyn Tate (Los Angeles1984, Seoul 1988), Laurel Johnson (Seoul 1988); and Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn ( Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 (relay reserve in 1980) as well as Richard Bucknor (1988), Deon Hemmings-McCatty (1992, 1996 and 2000), Gregory Haughton (1996 and 2000) and Marvin Anderson (2000). 

Nineteen-fifty-two Olympian Byron LaBeach was pinned prior to Tuesday night’s event.

Cuthbert was also among the honorees on the night along with JAAA President Dr Warren Blake, and track and field officials Headley Forbes and Evangeline Martin.

In her reply on behalf of the Olympians and honourees, Cuthbert, who is now a Member of Parliament in the Jamaican government, said it was an honour to be recognised for her contributions.

She regaled the gathering with entertaining stories of her rise from a country girl who attended Morant Bay High School, who loved to race whomever she could, to becoming a five-time Olympian and ended another special night for the country’s Olympic athletes.

 

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