Sport Minister regrets passing of Olympic Hurdler Dionne Rose Henley

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Kingston, 27 December 2018 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says news of the death of Olympian sprint hurdler, Dionne Rose Henley, “has dampened somewhat our Festive Season as she died the day before Christmas after having just celebrated her 49th birthday in November.”

“But she Dionne was a fine performer in her discipline of sprint hurdling, so we celebrate her life and contribution to Jamaica’s track and field,” Miss Grange said. 

Minister Grange said Dionne’s devotion to the sport continued long after her days on the track as she established herself as coach not only at Middle Tennessee State University where she had been a student, but at two other colleges in the United States.

“I wish on behalf of the Government to express sympathy to the relatives and friends of Dionne Rose Henley and to the track and field fraternity.

May her soul rest in peace.”


Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange


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