Kingston, October 22 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says her Ministry is “breathing new life into the government’s grass roots sports development programme.”
The Minister’s comments were made following the finals of the INSPORTS All-Island Community Football and Netball Competitions at Independence Park Complex on Sunday.
Chedda Empire defeated Content of St Mary, 6-2 in the football competition while L&Y Oracabessa defeated Frazer’s of St Catherine, 32-26 in the netball competition.
“Congrats to all the teams and communities that participated in this year’s competition. Special congratulations to the winners Chedda Empire of St Catherine and L&Y Oracabessa of St Mary. I look forward to next year when we will continue to unearth, expose and develop talent,”
Minister Grange said.
Minister Grange thanked all the communities who participated in the competition and encouraged other Member of Parliaments, Councillors and Community leaders to “come on board” for the next staging, which she said will be bigger and better.
“Our goal is to develop sports from the grass roots to the high performance level, Minister Grange said.
Both winning teams received a prize money of five hundred thousand dollars, while second, third and fourth place teams received $250,000, $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
Paris, 6 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Jamaica's Alia Atkinson who set a world record in the women's 50m Breaststroke at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Hungary today (Saturday).
Atkinson sped to victory in 28.56 seconds to better the old world record of 28.64 which she had established in 2016.
Minister Grange described Atkinson as a "phenomenal athlete who continues to do extraordinary things."
According to Minister Grange:
"This is an extraordinary achievement for Alia. I know she felt personal disappointment with her performance at the Commonwealth Games, but we were proud of her silver medal. But now here she is five months later breaking her world record. It goes to show, we must never give up. Alia continues to be an inspiration for us all and we are all very proud of this latest achievement."
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange has congratulated Freddie McGregor on his nomination for the ‘Guachupé de Oro’ award in Colombia saying, that “he truly embodies what the award is all about.”
Sport Minister, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, extended congratulations to men’s 400m hurdler, Jaheel Hyde and Tiffany James who gave Jamaica its first ever gold medal in the women's 400m at the recently concluded IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland.