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Olympic champion Veronica Campbell Brown to have primary school named in her honour
Troy Primary School in Trelawny is to be renamed the Veronica Campbell Brown Primary School as a tribute to one of Jamaica’s greatest athletes.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport during a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston. The minister was speaking at the launch of the 2018 VCB 5K Run/Walk Race scheduled for Vere in Clarendon on January 21.
Campbell Brown, a two-time Olympic 200m champion, attended the Troy Primary School as a child. “Plans are well advanced for Troy Primary which occupies a building which is over 100 years old to be renamed for Veronica. It is one of the Jamaica 55 Legacy Projects,” said Minister Grange, who also revealed that the old teacher’s cottage at school would be restored subject to approval from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and that the school building and property would be renovated.
The minister also announced also that the contract had been signed for the erection of the Veronica Brown statue at the National Stadium. “The VCB statue will be done and ready for unveiling by the end of this year,” she said.
With regards to the 5K, Minister Grange said that Campbell Brown, who has enjoyed an outstanding career, has decided to give back to Jamaica “in a big way” with the establishment of the VCB Foundation in 2011 and inauguration of the VCB 5K Run/Walk in 2016.
“As we know, the Foundation provides financial support and mentoring to girls attending Vere Technical High School, St. Andrew Technical High School and Troy and Erwin High Schools. The Foundation will expand to eight schools this year.
So far Veronica has given over $J2million (US$20,000) of her own money to the work of the foundation.
“Not surprisingly, being the athlete that she will always be, VCB also came up with the idea of a 5k Run/Walk providing an opportunity for supporters and well-wishers to join her on her mission to empower young women to achieve,” Minister Grange said.
The launch ended with Campbell Brown presenting the minister with a pair of her running shoes from the Beijing Olympics and one of her running outfits from the London Olympics. The items will be mounted in the Sports Museum.