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Proud Jamaican!

I’m a Proud Jamaican.

Myself and the big man himself Usian Bolt!

I’d like to think I’ve always been that way, but I know for sure that until I lived away from my beautiful island home for nearly three years, I never realized just how special it is to be Jamaican. It was only when I was way up in the neck of the woods of upstate New York that I realized how truly unique Jamaicans are. How special is our native language, our patriotism, our genuine friendliness and willingness to help others (which at this point in my life I think is second to none) and that’s only the top of the list!

Warm, genuine Jamaican people make our island special

This year is very momentous for us as we celebrate 50 years of independence on August 6th!

Logo for Jmaaica’s 50th Anniversary

It goes without saying that I’m quite excited about our involvement in this year’s Olympic games! We have some very fine athletes and what makes many of them even more remarkable is that they have endured many hardships (such as very little funding) and beat the odds to be at the Olympics.

Jamaican delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games

This year we have sprinters defending their titles in a number of categories! We’re defending all three spots for the women’s 100m dash and Usain Bolt will be defending his title for the 100m dash (men)! Veronica Campbell 200m dash (women) and Usain Bolt 200m dash (men). Melaine Walker 400m hurdles and a team of four men will defend the 4x100m relay (men)! I feel a surge of pride just writing that!

Of course the whole world seems to be infected with Usain fever (haha) – the poor lad was apparently mobbed by fans at the Olympic village one day!

To di worl’! A classic example of Usain fever 😉

This year we were represented by our first equestrienne Samantha Albert! She did not do as well as she would have liked, but I’m happy that in a country which can’t place much emphasis on such sports due to a serious lack of resources, she made it that far. Alia Atkinson yesterday placed 4th in the 100m breaststroke final. Although she didn’t medal, the whole country is overjoyed with her performance and perseverance and rooting for her in the 200m tomorrow!

Even at the Olympics style reigns supreme and I had to share a photo of Alia looking fabulous in her swimsuit! Donning all the Jamaican colours (black green and gold) the swimsuit is accented by a smiling Bob Marley with his signature dreadlocks!

Alia Atkisnson in her black green and gold Bob Marley swimsuit!

Love the swimsuit and would love a wheelbarrow (well maybe a mini one) to haul away our medals at the end of these games!

(from left) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gained 1st place and Keron Stewart and Sherone Simpson tied for second place in the last Olympic games 100m dash!

As we say down here on the rock – To ‘di worl!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Proud Jamaican!

  1. LOVED this article. It’s also so cool that you got to get a photo with Mr. Bolt! How awesome was that. I also though the Jamaican team had the best uniforms for the games.

  2. Thanks much. Yes it was really awesome that I got a photo opp with him 🙂 That was after the Olympics in Beijing. As for the uniforms it was a big controversy out here cuz LOTS of people (myself included) didn’t like it. But I think that happened because of how they were presented to the public. Some of the designs grew on me after a while.

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