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Bust of Teddy McCook to be made by Puma

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDania Bogle
Olympic medallist Sherone Simpson (left), running for SprintTec, competes against University of Technology (UTech) Semoya Campbell in the women's institution women's 4x400m at the 2015 Gibson/McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday. UTech, anchored by Janieve Russell, won in a record 3:29.87.

Plans are in the pipeline to commission a bust in the likeness of former North America Central America and Caribbean Association (NACAC) president and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Area Representative, Neville 'Teddy' McCook.

Chairman of the Gibson McCook Relays organising committee, Rainford Wilks, made the revelation at Saturday's 39th staging of the event at the National Stadium.

Wilks told The Gleaner that sports gear manufacturers Puma, also a sponsor of the Jamaica national athletics team, had made the suggestion and also have committed to paying for the bust once it is sculpted.


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"We're not sure what we're gonna do yet. We are sure it would not go to an individual, but one possibility is that it would go to the winning school, the school thought worthy of that prize. The other possibility is that it be sited in some worthy place," Wilks said.

"Puma has offered to sponsor. It was their idea, but the offer came right in the middle of these preparations (2015 Gibson McCook Relays)," he added.

McCook, who was also a president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (now Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association), died in 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Wilks said McCook's widow, Sonya, had given her blessing for the project.