Jamaican world champion sprinter visiting Namibia

20 Sep 2015 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – Jamaican Olympic gold medallist and world champion sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is expected to arrive in Namibia on Tuesday for a week-long visit to assist local sprinters to improve their performances.
Fraser-Pryce, 28, is ranked fourth on the list of the fastest 100 metres (m) female sprinters of all time. Nicknamed the ‘pocket rocket’, she became the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympic Games.
This will be her first visit to Africa.
In a media statement issued on Thursday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said Fraser-Pryce’s visit to Namibia is part of a programme which has resulted in Namibian athletes being placed at the Jamaican University of Technology (UTech), specialising in athletics, to improve their performances.
“The Olympian is on a quest to assist Namibian sprinters in emulating the accomplishments of their Jamaican counterparts,” he said.
Fraser-Pryce and her delegation will be received by the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero, as well as the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maureen Hinda at the Hosea Kutako International Airport. A parade through the capital is also organised to celebrate her arrival in the country.
On Wednesday, Fraser-Pryce will pay courtesy calls on Hinda, Tjongarero and Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua. In the afternoon, she will visit and deliver a motivational speech to learners and community members at the Hage Geingob Secondary School before she tours Katutura and surrounding areas. The day will end with skills demonstrations at the Independence Stadium.
On Thursday, Fraser-Pryce will pay a visit to the Omaheke Regional Governor, Festus Ueitele followed by a game drive at Harnas Wildlife Foundation and a skills demonstration and interaction with aspiring athletes at the Drimiopsis Primary School sports ground.
On her agenda for Friday, is a game drive at the Cheetah Conservation Fund near Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region before she visits that region’s governor, Otto Iipinge.
On Saturday, Fraser-Pryce will pay a courtesy call on the Kunene Regional Governor Angelika Muharukua, followed by a skills demonstration and interaction with aspiring athletes from Opuwo, Ovatue and Otjomuru at the Opuwo Sports Ground.
On Sunday, she will travel to Swakopmund to absorb the beauty of the Namibian coastline and pay a courtesy call on the Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua on Monday.
On the same day, Fraser-Pryce will provide skills demonstration and interaction with aspiring athletes and the Topnaar people of Namibia in Walvis Bay at Kuisebmund Stadium.
Fraser-Pryce is expected back in the capital on Tuesday when she will lay a wreath at Heroes’ Acre and tour the Independence Memorial Museum before departing home.
Fraser-Pryce was born on 27 December 1986. As part of her success, she won the 100m gold medal in the 2009 International Association of Athletics Federations‎ (IAAF) World Championships, becoming the second female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic 100m titles simultaneously (after Gail Devers). She is also the only female athlete to hold both titles on two separate occasions – 2008 Olympic title and 2009 World title, and the 2012 Olympic title and 2013 World title.
In 2013, she became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4X100m relay in a single world championship. Fraser-Pryce is also the second woman ever to own the world titles at 60m, 100m, and 200m simultaneously.
In 2015, she successfully defended her 100m title while anchoring the 4X100m relay team to an impressive win in a championship record.