Grange: VCB is a true icon

Kingston, 24 June 2021 - The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has said that, “There cannot be too many accolades for Veronica Campbell Brown who has amassed three Olympic gold medals and three World Championship gold medals together with 21 other gold medals in her illustrious career.”

The Sport Minister’s comment follows the announcement yesterday from Mrs Campbell Brown that she was retiring from professional sprinting.

“As Veronica takes her leave of the sport, I am pleased to announce that following the decision to rename Troy Primary School in Trelawny the VCB Troy Primary School in her honour, a multi-purpose court for the playing of Netball, Basketball and Volley Ball has been erected at the school. We all know that Troy Primary is where she attended before going on to Vere Technical High School for her secondary education.

“The Sports Development Foundation which erected the multi-purpose facility is also paving the entire front yard of the school as well as carrying out other minor upgrading work.

“I will be officially opening the facility at a date to be announced.

“In 2019, the nation had also honoured VCB with the erection of her statue to join those of Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce at Statue Park at the National Stadium.

“UNESCO, we will also recall, recognised VCB for her advocacy for gender equity in sport by appointing her UNESCO Champion for Sport in October 2009. And in 2011, she launched her Foundation which supports the education of young women


“VCB gave the sport all that she had, and it was a lot. She set the pace for Jamaica’s female sprinters who came after her. She exposed to us her immense talent from early when she won gold medals and the four-by-one relay at the inaugural IAAF World Youth Champions in 1999 and in the following year became the first woman to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships.

“As she departs international track and field, I wish on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica to express our sincere gratitude to Veronica Campbell Brown who made Jamaica proud with every stride she took and which put among the best female sprinters ever.”

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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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