Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has hailed former Olympian Dionne Rose Henley as a fine performer and contributor to Jamaica’s track and field.

Rose Henley a former sprint hurdler, passed away on Monday at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.  The former athlete, who represented the country at the highest level for 10 years.  Rose Henley a two-time national and Central American and Caribbean Games champions represented Jamaica at two Olympic Games and three Outdoor World Championships.

After retiring from the sport in the early 2000s the former Athlete took up coaching, beginning at her alma mater Middle Tennessee State University for two seasons before moving to Tennessee State University.  She then journeyed to Central Michigan where she spent seven years.  Last summer Rose Henley was named Coastal Carolina assistant track and field coach.

“… Dionne was a fine performer in her discipline of sprint hurdling, so we celebrate her life and contribution to Jamaica's track and field,” Grange said via a press release.

“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,” Grange added.   

“May her soul rest in peace.”

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