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Build a statue for Bolt - Mayor of Falmouth

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 8:00 AMRichard Morais

FALMOUTH, Trelawny

Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Garth Wilkinson is calling for a statue of Usain Bolt to be erected in Falmouth, the capital of Trelawny, in honour of this great man who is from the parish.

"He has done so much internationally as an athlete. Therefore, he deserves a statue of him to be erected," the mayor said. He added that Bolt has shown characteristics of perseverance, stamina, strength, among other attributes that are highly commendable even outside of sports.

"I had no doubt about his ability to take the double. The 100 metre would be more difficult, but the 200 (metres) would be easy," he remarked.

President of the Trelawny Football Association Linnel McLean said: "He has shown that he is a real champion, being able to perform at his best when it is needed. I am hoping that it will be motivation for other individuals to do their best." He had high praise for Bolt's coach and support staff, whom, he said, were sometimes overlooked when praise is given.

"They are fine victories, especially when many had some doubts because of his inactivity. It goes to show the strength of the man," president of the Trelawny Cricket Association Chester Anderson said. He said the parish may have many more Usain Bolts in waiting but lacking the support. He wants more support for sports as he believes that not everybody can make it academically. However, some can, through sports, albeit a small number.

Compatriot of Sherwood Content, the original home of Usain Bolt, and leader of the Sting Ray Swimming Club in the parish Leon Jackson has high praise for the athlete, whom he has known from childhood. "I expected nothing less. In fact, I welcomed the challenge, which would give him the drive to do better, so I know he would win."