PRIDE OF A NATION: Veronica Campbell-Brown has a light exchange with PM Simpson-Miller. Below, the PM poses with the record-breaking Men's sprint relay team.
The most fascinating thing about Monday night’s lively cultural salute to our London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians was the fact that every single member of the delegation was recognized – and not just the sportsmen and women but down to the masseuses, team managers and others who comprised the technical contingent.
“Tonight, I join a grateful nation to say Thank You for shining so brightly that the world took notice,” enthused PM Portia Simpson-Miller in her remarks at the podium. “Every country in the world wants to have a Usain Bolt, a Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a Veronica Campbell-Brown, a Yohan Blake, and I could go on and on. You have reminded us that Jamaicans are outstanding people. Nothing can stop a Jamaican when they are determined to succeed.”
In between special presentations to the athletes and delegation (by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley, and Simpson-Miller) and video vignettes of Jamaica’s decades of Olympic glory, vibrant performances came from the likes of The Jolly Boys, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, Ce’Cile and Chris Martin, Sandra Brooks and Beenie Man. Patrick Anderson and Fae Ellington made wonderful emcees.