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Six Jamaicans get all-expenses-paid trips to see Bolt in London

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AM
Candice Minott (second left), manager, brand and integrated marketing, JN Bank, has the attention of Loxley Tulloch (left), Garnet Tucker and Sheena Baker, as she congratulates them. The three won all-expenses-paid trips to watch Jamaican track and field superstar Usain Bolt make his final run at the World Championships in London next month, after emerging winners in the JN Bank VISA Activate Spend Go promotion. The promotion ended June 30.

Loxley Tulloch is a neighbour of the legendary Usain Bolt in the Corporate Area, but the avid track fan has never seen the sprinting phenomenon blaze down the track in "live and living colour".

However, that will change soon, as the shipping executive and his wife are preparing to jet off to London, England, to attend the 16th IAAF World Championships, August 4-13, and to see Usain Bolt perform in his final hurrah.

The St George's College old boy is one of three JN Bank members, and their guests, who have won all-expenses-paid trips, plus hotel accommodations, to the upcoming championships, after simply activating and spending approximately $10,000 with their JN Bank VISA credit card.

But, the circumstances which placed Tulloch, a JN member of more than 35 years, in a winning position were not ideal. However, for him, despite circumstances, the prize is definitely a boon.

"My daughter had a bad accident, and she was hospitalised; and they (the medical staff) needed some things for her, which had to be bought privately. I was not sure how I would come up with that kind of money overnight," Tulloch disclosed.

Luckily, he had recently received a JN Bank VISA Classic credit card, which he had set aside for use in an emergency. The emergency had emerged.

Bolt, the fastest man on earth, will compete only in the 100 metres at his final World Championships.

 

UNBELIEVABLE OPPORTUNITY

 

For Garnet Tucker, a public-sector professional and Camperdown High School past student, this is simply an unbelievable opportunity.

"Camperdown is our local sprint factory, so you know I'm an athletics fan. Those days in the 1980s were lovely," he recalled, reflecting on the likes of Usain Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, who as a student coached several members of the Camperdown track team; and the country's first Olympic gold medallist over the 100 and 200 metres, Donald Quarrie, one of the high school's most famous alumni.

He explained that he was drawn to JN VISA credit card because of the mutual structure of JN Bank.

"It's the bank you own and I thought to myself: that's something to look into, because it means the management will take us seriously when there is an issue," he said.

For Sheena Baker, a small business owner in Kingston, who has never won a competition before this one, winning this trip was a perfect first time. The chef-in-training is also an avid track and field fan.

"I'm not excited yet. I'm going to be excited when I get to the airport and I realise that this is really real," she said.

"Over the decades, and particularly at this point in our athletics history, track and field has become a very important part of the Jamaican identity and global brand," said Candice Minott, manager, brand and integrated marketing at JN Bank.