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JM | Jan 14, 2022

Natasha Morrison honoured by her school

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Olympic gold medalist Natasha Morrison, Glengoffe High’s ‘pride and joy’ honoured by her school

Natasha Morrison escorted by a student of Glengoffe.

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Natasha Morrison was on Thursday (January 13) honoured by Glengoffe High School in St Catherine for her exceptional track career to date, peaking at the Games in Japan last year when she won her first Olympic gold medal.

Morrison was a member of Jamaica’s triumphant 4x100m relay team in Japan that set a national record of 41.02, the third-fastest time in history. It was Morrison’s third global gold medal, to go along with relay gold at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

The 29-year-old star athlete, the first from Glengoffe to win Olympic gold, was awarded a citation that was read and then presented to her during the lavish ceremony where Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher Samuda was the guest speaker.

Afterwards, a JOA-sponsored billboard, in her honour and mounted at the entrance of the school, was unveiled. There are also plans to unveil a similar billboard in the town of Glengoffe.

Kerry-Ann Harper Edwards, principal of Glengoffe High School, described Natasha Morrison as the school’s ‘pride and joy’.

Kerry-Ann Harper-Edwards, the school’s principal since 2015, said the celebration was prompted by the exemplary manner in which Morrison has represented her school and her country.

“Glengoffe High School is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our past student, Natasha Morrison. She has been an inspiration to our students. She continues to support us, the school, the athletics team by motivating our athletes, visiting, and donating gear to our athletes,” said the proud principal, who described Morrison as their ‘pride and joy’.

“She is a manifestation and evidence of the hard work and dedication of our teaching and coaching staff.”

Harper-Edwards said planning for the event began as early October last year but the pandemic and the availability of the athlete and JOA president forced the planning committee to push the event into 2022, especially since they wanted to have an in-person celebration for their champion athlete.

Natasha Morrison on the track.

Samuda was effusive in his praise for Morrison and the school that nurtured her considerable talents.

“Glengoffe High School, from whence she came and which nurtured her in adolescence, is witnessing today a daughter who has given its people and its high school a sense of pride, who is defining the aspirations of the young and ambitious of Glengoffe and who has gone beyond the finish line – that place where personal bests and national and world records are achieved in victory but which is just the first call room of life’s calling on the track,” said the JOA president.

“The Jamaica Olympic Association salutes Natasha, a member of our household, who has run and is continuing to run and her indelible footprints in the earth of Glengoffe remind its people that she is not weary.”

Samuda continued, saying the JOA is on a “journey with Olympian Natasha Morrison that starts on the track but never ends, for life on the track evolves, is forever evolving, in phases of human experiences which are impacted by the values of Olympism – respect, courage, determination, inspiration, equality, friendship and excellence”.

Olympian Natasha Morrison shows off the citation she received from her alma mater, Glengoffe High School.

Moved by the occasion, the darling of Glengoffe High, who is preparing for the coming season, was thankful for the recognition.

“It is always important to reflect on all of the blessings you have,” she posted on Instagram Wednesday.

“Gratitude is something that we should be able to express on occasion no matter how big or small. I have so much to be grateful for. I am happy, I am well and loved by many.

“I want to give the Almighty all the praise and glory for blessing me with this amazing talent that has not only changed my life but the people around me and those who support me near and far.”

She also recognised those who have been in her corner through thick and thin.

“Special thanks to my family and friends who believed in the person I could become and are continuing to be a rock through my ups and downs. I also want to acknowledge my school Glengoffe High for playing an important role in my career. They helped in nurturing my raw talent. Thank you for seeing what others couldn’t.”

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