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Asafa to be named Princess Diana Award Ambassador

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell is to be named International Ambassador for the Diana Award.

The announcement will be made next Saturday by the Diana Award Chief Executive, Maggie Turner, who will speak at the University of Technology’s Road to Olympic Glory ceremony in New Kingston.

At the black tie ceremony, the University’s most prestigious award, The Chancellor’s Medal will be presented to Powell by the Chancellor, former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga.

The University of Technology, Jamaica Olympic success story from the Dennis Johnson Diaries will also be officially launched.

The diary chronicles the veteran sports icon’s personal story of the phenomenal contribution he has made to the development of track and field in Jamaica.

As the first International Ambassador for the Diana Award, Powell will encourage other Caribbean countries and the Commonwealth to nominate outstanding young people in their countries for the prestigious award.

The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, as a legacy to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.

The International Diana Award is in keeping with the remarkable charitable work that Diana herself pioneered all around the world.

Recipients are young people from across the globe who are committed to helping others and improving their communities.

Asafa Powell became the first Jamaican to break the world record and has run more sub-10 seconds 100m races than any other person in history.

Asafa, like the young people presented with a Diana Award, is an inspiration to those around him.

Tragically, two of Powell’s brothers died in the space of one year and despite this difficult time, he found the strength to continue running.

As part of Jamaica’s Diamond Jubilee Independence celebrations, Prince Harry will visit Jamaica on behalf of The Queen from March 2-8.