Scotiabank-Gleaner archival exhibition rolls into St Ann
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN'S BAY, Portland:
THE SCOTIABANK-GLEANER Archival Exhibition rolled into St Ann on Wednesday with Gleaner managing director Christopher Barnes highlighting the importance of Jamaica's rich athletic history.
"We chose to showcase material from The Gleaner's extensive archives about Jamaica's rich athletic history because this is the year of the London Olympics in the summer, and this is the year of our jubilee," Barnes told the gathering at the St Ann's Bay Parish Library.
He continued: "We hope through this exhibition to bring one of Jamaica's most important and most inspiring post-Independence stories to people of all ages islandwide. Particularly, we want the young people to be aware of the past.
"It is very important to know where we're coming from. This exhibition showcases where we're coming from. The athletes that we have today are not an overnight sensation. They are a product of the legacy left behind by many before them who excelled on the world stage as Jamaicans for so long."
The exhibition is the fifth of six to be staged across the island in addition to one each at Boys and Girls' Champs and National Trials in June.
Manager of the Scotiabank Ocho Rios branch, Fitzaudy Wright, led the observance of a moment's silence for late Olympian Keith Gardner, who died last Friday at age 82.
Wright said Scotiabank was proud to be partnering with The Gleaner and the Jamaica Library Service to present the exhibition.
"We want to ensure that our future in track and field remains solid," he told the audience.
He took the time to mention other areas in sport in which Scotibanak is involved.
The St Ann Parish Council, through Deputy Mayor Councillor Delroy Redway, endorsed the exhibition.
Larose Williams, mother of Novlene Williams, Olympic 2004 silver medallist in the 4x400 relay, attended the opening of the exhibition and was proud to see the photograph of her daughter being counted among the illustrious names in Jamaica's rich track and field history.
"She has made me proud over the years, and I'm looking forward to her coming out victorious this year," Williams told The Gleaner. Williams said she used to compete as a child and never got beaten, and, no doubt, Novlene inherited her talent.
"I won many medals when I used to run in Trelawny. I'm from Duanvale, just nine miles from where Bolt lives in Sherwood Content," she explained.
The choir from Novlene's alma mater, Ferncourt High School, delivered a medley of songs.
Photos by Carl Gilchrist