Yona is inspirational - Grange

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, believes several Jamaicans have become interested in diving as a sport, thanks to Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Knight-Wisdom became the first man and second person to represent Jamaica in a diving event at the Olympic Games.  He competed in the 3M Springboard event and narrowly missed qualifying for the finals.

Minister Grange said: “Yona came this close to the finals in his first Olympics and with some pressure of being a pioneer for Jamaica in diving.  He was short just 9 points — only 9 points. That’s no simple accomplishment. It is a big deal.  He did very well and I believe that he’s inspiring young people to get involved in diving as a sport. It will be up to us, sports administrators, sponsors and volunteers to keep the momentum and sustain the interest in diving.”


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Olivia Grange


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