Minister of Sport lauds legacy of late Jamaican Olympian

By March 09, 2019
Jamaican minister of sport, Olivia Grange (left) speaks about the legacy of former Olympian, Dr Cynthia Thompson. Jamaican minister of sport, Olivia Grange (left) speaks about the legacy of former Olympian, Dr Cynthia Thompson.

Minister of Sport in Jamaica, Olivia Grange, has expressed sadness at the passing of Olympian, Dr Cynthia Thompson. 

Dr Thompson passed away on Friday at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She was 96-years-old.

“I am very sad at the passing of Dr Cynthia Thompson. On this day (Friday) when we celebrated our women (on International Women's Day) and their achievement, Cynthia Thompson was in our hearts,” said Grange.

She added that "over the course of her remarkable, long and successful life, this wonderful woman served us in many ways.” 

Grange noted that Dr Thompson came to prominence as a trailblazer in women’s sport when she represented Jamaica at the 1948 Olympics and made the finals of the 100 metres.

“She finished 6th, but she won a bigger prize — that of inspiring countless Jamaican athletes who followed that they could do as much and more,” Grange said.

The Minister also noted that at 96, Dr Thompson — who served for many years as a paediatrician — was Jamaica’s oldest Olympian.

“Her passing represents the end of an era. This heroine of Jamaican sport and medicine has completed a remarkable journey and our country is so much better for her service,” Grange stated.

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