8ft Statue Of Olympian Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce To Be Unveiled

Statue Of Olympian Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce To Be Unveiled On Sunday
11 October 2018
by:   The Jamaican Gleaner

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will have her statue unveiled on Sunday, 14 October 2018 the Culture Minister Olivia Grange has announced.

The unveiling will take place at a special ceremony at Statue Park in the National Stadium in St Andrew, where the statue will be mounted according to the Jamaican Gleaner.

Grange said the unveiling of the statue "was timed to coincide with the commemoration of Heritage Week.”

According to her, “Shelly-Ann is one of our modern day heroes whose accomplishments are an inspiration for the entire nation. It is quite fitting that we should unveil Shelly Ann’s statue at this time when we celebrate and highlight Jamaica’s rich heritage in all areas, including sport.”

Grange has invited the public to attend the ceremony and witness the unveiling of Shelly Ann’s statue.

“The statue is here in Jamaica; it has been installed and we’re all set for the unveiling on Sunday at the National Stadium. I look forward to welcoming members of the public as we celebrate this happy occasion with the outstanding pocket rocket.”

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will unveil the statue in the ceremony which will begin at 4:00 p.m.

The bronze statue — to the scale of one and quarter life size — was designed by renowned sculptor Basil Watson.

Watson has been engaged by the Ministry of Culture and Sport to design statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

The statue in honour of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce is the second to be completed under the Programme.

The first statue of Usain Bolt was completed and installed last December.

The remaining statues of Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell are now in the design stage.

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