“”I don’t think anyone is near my records.” ~ Usain Bolt
How are Falmouth connected to the one time “fastest man alive?”
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is an Olympic legend who has been called “the fastest man alive” for smashing world records and winning multiple gold medals at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.
The world record sprinter was born on August 11, 1986 in Sherwood Content- a small town in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica. It consists of two adjoining villages, Sherwood and Content.
Usain Bolt’s hometown is Falmouth and was publicly honored recently with the announcement from the Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia. “Grange announced, “When we say Trelawny today we think immediately of Dr the Honourable Usain Bolt, who hails from the quiet district of Sherwood Content and who has placed Jamaica on the world stage in a way unlike any other. It is my pleasure to say to you this morning [yesterday] that his statue is ready to be erected here in the town [of Falmouth] before the end of December 2020.”
Earlier this year, January 2020, seven schools in the parish of Trelawny were the lucky recipients of computer equipment donations through the Usain Bolt Foundation (UBF). The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities through education and cultural development for positive change. Usain and his foundation are successfully doing just that. “With the focuses of children at the basic and primary levels has partnered with Microsoft UK.”
Here are a few additional interesting facts.
- Education: William Knibb Memorial High School
- Siblings: Sherine Bolt (Sister) · Sadiki Bolt (Brother)
- Parents: Jennifer Bolt (Mother) · Wellesley Bolt (Father)
- Awards: ESPYS (3) · BBC Sports Personality of the Year (3) · Laureus World Sports Awards (3)
- Height 6’5”
To learn more about Usain Bolt, visit sources listed Usain Bolt.
References Biography.com; Caribbean National Weekly; The Olympic Channel; Usainbolt.com
Contributed by Tania Nicole Sutherland