Saturday, November 7, 2009

Veronica Campbell-Brown gears up for indoor season

Jamaica’s double Olympic 200 metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown is planning to race during the 2010 indoor track and field season.

Campbell-Brown, who was slowed down by a bothered by a toe injury throughout the just concluded 2009 season, will also use the races to decide whether to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, which will be in Doha, in March.

The last time the Jamaican and Caribbean sprint queen competed indoors was in the 2006 campaign where she ran a personal best of 7.04seconds for the 60m and a creditable 22.83 over the 200m.

The 27-year-old is in France where she received her award for officially named UNESCO Champion for Sport Ambassador at Paris Headquarters.

She was nominated by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, MP, will take on the mission of Gender Equality in Sports. Minister Grange will attend the ceremony.

The Minister, who has responsibility for Gender Affairs, pointed out that Veronica’s mission is a significant step for global gender issues.

On receiving her award, Campbell-Brown used the moment to urged other sportswomen to use sports as a tool for peace and development.

“I want to engender in young female sportswomen and athletes in particular, the desire to use sports in their immediate communities and the wider international arena as a tool for peace and development.”

“This Jamaican stands ready to take on the mantle of a UNESCO Champion of Sport in the area of gender performance and equity.“I am ready to embrace a platform that will allow little girls, whether in Nagasaki, Plovdiv or Kingston, to dream of being high achievers, of being acknowledged for their outstanding performance like the Christian Ronaldos, Tiger Woods’ and Usain Bolts of this world.”