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Fraser-Pryce appointed Ambassador Special Envoy

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (right) presents World and Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and her husband, Jason Pryce, with their diplomatic passports at the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday. JIS Photo

Two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was yesterday appointed Ambassador Special Envoy at a brief ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Fraser-Pryce, who also has five World Championships gold medals to her credit, was presented with the instruments by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, hailed Fraser-Pryce as the perfect role model for young Jamaicans, underscoring that she was most deserving of the recognition for both her achievements in track and social involvement.

"Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is, of course, an excellent athlete who has done tremendously well, winning back-to-back Olympic gold medals and, of course, being recognised as the top female athlete in the world by the IAAF," Neita-Headley told The Gleaner.

"In addition, she is well grounded and has displayed honesty and integrity in character. The development of the Foundation (Pocket Rocket) that has been contributing significantly to student athletes and less fortunate children is also commendable."

Fraser-Pryce and husband Jason Pryce also received diplomatic passports.

Off-track achievements

"I believe Shelly-Ann (Fraser-Pryce) has added significantly to Brand Jamaica and we are very proud to have her serve as Ambassador Special Envoy to the world," said Neita-Headley. "She would have received official passports; herself and her husband and will be treated with the courtesies that go with those.

"Her off-track achievements are extremely important, primarily because we believe our young people need role models. Shelly-Ann has proven to be someone who is strong with solid academic accomplishments. She gives back to her community and is very humble and respectful. We believe that she certainly has displayed the kind of attributes that make her ideal for this special appointment," Neita-Headley said.

- A.L.