Kingston, 1 November 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has released the following statement on the passing of the former Jamaican boxer, Bunny Grant.
“I have just received news of the passing of Bunny Grant, the Jamaican boxing pioneer. Long before Lennox Lewis, before Mike McCallum, before Shrimpy Clarke, there was Bunny Grant.
We will forever remember his victory over Dave Charnley, the Commonwealth Lightweight Champion, at the National Stadium on August 4, 1962 — just two days before Jamaica’s Independence Day. The happy impact of that victory on the entire country is a feeling I can never forget.
Bunny’s passion and humility endeared him to all. We all followed and celebrated with him throughout his 19 year career. Each of his victories was a victory for the Jamaican people.
I am always proud to speak about Bunny Grant, and I was honoured as the Minister to ensure that he was able to spend his final days in comfort.
We have lost a great champion.
I offer condolences to his family and friends.”
In October 2017, Minister Grange presented the former Jamaica boxing champion George ‘Bunny’ Grant with the keys to his newly refurbished home. The refurbishing project was undertaken by the Sports Development Foundation as part of the Jamaica 55 celebrations.
Kingston, October 29 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says her Ministry is working with the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a programme to measure the contribution of sport to Jamaica’s development.
According to Minister Grange, “there is enough talk about how important sport is for career advancement, crime reduction, unified communities, wealth creation, behaviour modification and healthy lifestyle” but not enough data to measure its impact.
Minister Grange was speaking at a Stakeholder’s Forum organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday at which she introduced Mr Oliver Dudfield, Head of Sport Development and Peace at the Commonwealth Secretariat, who will lead the revision of the National Sport Policy.
The National Sport Policy is designed to foster greater participation in sport, promote intellectual and physical health, enhance social and economic well-being, create a healthier and more productive labour force and stimulate greater avenues for economic development while fostering a society of social cohesion by building bridges of friendship at all levels of the Jamaican society.
The review will focus on sport and non-sport objectives of the policy towards national development.
“Sport helps us to achieve local and national objectives – but to what extent? We have to seriously look at how we measure the value of sport in bringing about the non- sport outcomes we seek. How do we measure the linkages and connections both qualitatively and quantitatively?
“Without the evidenced-based information we will continue to be shortchanged and the requisite investments and recognition of the centrality of sport will continue to be underestimated to our detriment as a nation,” the Minister said.
Minister Grange said the Forum is the first in a series of consultations, training workshops and planning meetings to revisit the National Sport Policy, which is now in its fifth year.
Kingston, 29 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated the Sunshine Girls who went down by one point to New Zealand in the Fast5 Netball World Series gold medal match in Melbourne, Australia on the weekend.
New Zealand managed to hold off a late surge by the Sunshine Girls to win 34-33.
Minister Grange congratulated the Sunshine Girls for “a very successful tournament in which they demonstrated the strength of Jamaica’s netball and represented our country well.”
Earlier in the tournament, Jamaica defeated New Zealand by a single point (23-22).
It’s the second successive year that the Sunshine Girls are taking home the silver medal from the Fast5 World Series. They went down to England in last year’s final.
“I know the Sunshine Girls prepared very hard for this tournament and I know they really wanted to take home the gold medal this year. But we can all be proud that they gave their best and will continue to give their all while representing our country. We must give them our full support. I offer congratulations to all the girls as well as the coaching and support teams of Netball Jamaica,” said Minister Grange.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says the Ministry’s two-day workshop on Textile Conservation and Preservation which opened today at the Knutsford Court Hotel is part of the preparations for the establishment of the National Sport Museum.
Kingston – January 12 - The first set of coaches being provided to Jamaica by the People’s Republic of China for seven sports under a three-year technical agreement signed between the two countries last year, arrived in Kingston yesterday afternoon (January 11).
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) has said that Jamaica could consider carving out a niche market in relation to the sports goods industry comprising of equipment, accessories, and apparel.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says that the absence of physical education instructors in schools for the deaf is an “obvious anomaly” which her Ministry plans to work in tandem with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to correct.
Sport Minister, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, says the Government of Jamaica is committed to move sport front and centre of economic growth and infrastructure development.
Sport Minister Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says she is thrilled by the recent performances of national teams which represented Jamaica in international tournaments over the weekend.