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McGregor off to Pro Olympia qualifier

Published:Tuesday | June 22, 2021 | 12:11 AM
Sport Minister Olivia Grange (centre) presenting bodybuilder Kristen McGregor with a cheque of $250,000 from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) to assist her in making the trip to The Bahamas to compete at the Puerto Rico Pro Olympia Qualifier. Sharin
Sport Minister Olivia Grange (centre) presenting bodybuilder Kristen McGregor with a cheque of $250,000 from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) to assist her in making the trip to The Bahamas to compete at the Puerto Rico Pro Olympia Qualifier. Sharing in the moment is Denzil Wilks, general manager of the SDF.

Miss Olympia Amateur bodybuilder Kristen McGregor will participate in the World Caribbean Championships after the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) assisted her with over $250,000 to make the trip to the Puerto Rico Pro Olympia qualifier.

McGregor left the island yesterday for The Bahamas for the two-day tournament, which starts on Saturday.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange presented the cheque to McGregor.

“I have this extra passion for women in sports, and I heard about Kristen McGregor’s difficulties in getting enough funding to go to Nassau, Bahamas, for the qualifiers, and I thought we could not allow her to be in a position where she can’t make it because she needs funding,” Grange said at the handover on Friday.

“So, through the SDF, we have made a quarter-million dollars available to her to realise her dream and her objective.

“She is an outstanding athlete and a member of JABBFA (Jamaica Amateur BodyBuilding and Fitness Association), and our current champion, and of course I can’t leave this out, she is the daughter of Llockett McGregor, the tennis coach and administrator. I know she wants to be her own person, but I couldn’t help but mention him.

“It is my pleasure to make this presentation to her, and I want to thank the SDF for being that agency that I can call on to provide funding.

McGregor, a former sprinter and rugby union player, who won the 2020 Miss Olympia Amateur title in the Women’s Figure category, was happy for the Government’s assistance.

“I am very appreciative of the help that I have acquired from the SDF, as it will surely do some great help for this trip because most of my travels and accommodation, since I have been doing this sport, have been coming from pocket,” she said. “It is very good that the SDF could step in this time and cover some of my expenses.

“I will always do my best. Jamaica can always look forward to Kristen doing her best, as I have always said that there are nine different judges on the panel and there are different personalities and sex appeal; so it is just with their discretion, like in a criterion, that I might be once again successful on the stage.”

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