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Natalie serenades Olympians, Paralympians

Published:Monday | October 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for sports, yesterday captivated the congregation with her melodious voice.

The East Queen Street Baptist Church in downtown Kingston was jam-packed yesterday as many gathered to catch a glimpse of the nation's star athletes.

At the end of the service celebrating the recent exploits of Jamaica's Olympians and Paralympians in London, England, it was clear the congregation was struck by the star power as they posed to take pictures with the likes of Olympians Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Nesta Carter, Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham, and a host of other athletes.

But the performance which had tongues really wagging at the end of the day was that of Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, who captivated the congregation with a medley of songs including His Eye Is On The Sparrow, Precious Lord, and I Must Have The Saviour.

In her tribute, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller used the colourful church service to thank the athletes for their role in helping to build Brand Jamaica.

"Your athletic prowess continues to make us proud. Because of what you do, Jamaicans at home and abroad can say heartily, 'I am from a nation, small in size but enormous in spirit. A nation with a people whose speed defies the laws of physics'."

Simpson Miller added: "You, our Olympians and Paralympians, your coaches, and support teams have all added value to Brand Jamaica. Your valuable contribution to nationhood reminds us that Jamaica is more than a brand. It is the value of the people."