André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Former Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Howard Aris was yesterday posthumously inducted into the, Order of Jamaica at the National Honours and Awards Investiture ceremony at King's House.
The Order of Jamaica is the fourth-highest national honour.
Aris, who passed away on November 10, 2011, was elected JAAA president in 2004 and held that position until his sudden death at the age of 75. He and his team presided over the most successful period of Jamaican track and field following the nation's achievements at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the IAAF World Championships in Berlin a year later, as well as the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
A noted athlete, coach and administrator, Aris dedicated more than 40 years towards the development and growth of the sport in Jamaica and also represented the country on the international level as a member of the IAAF Youth Commission.
He also served as manager/coach for several national teams and was also the chairman of the Sports Development Foundation, executive director of the National Council on Sports, member of the CHASE Fund board of directors, and as director of Independence Park Limited. Aris had previously been recognised with the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) for his contribution to sports.
Also honoured yesterday was track and field pioneer Dennis Johnson, who was inducted into the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for his contribution to the development of the sport.
Former record holder
Johnson, a highly respected former world-class sprinter and coach, is credited for the creation of the Carreras Sports Foundation, as well as the sports programme at the then College of Arts, Science and Technology, now University of Technology. He also held the 100-yard world record.
Jamaica's cricket captain Tamar Lambert, Aldrick 'Allie' McNab and Dorothy Hobson were all named to the Order of Distinction (Officer Class).
Lambert has led Jamaica to an unprecedented five consecutive regional four-day titles, while McNab, a former national footballer and coach, was recognised for his dedicated service to sport. McNab represented the island between 1963 and 1985 before coaching the country's senior team from 1987 to 1988.
Hobson, who was honoured for her contribution to sports management, is the manager of the national women's cricket team and also represented Jamaica and the West Indies.