Lashley lauds Akela’s stellar performance

Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, has lauded Barbadian athlete Akela Jones for qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

In a statement, Lashley praised the young athlete for her performance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States. Lashley said that such an achievement “did not come as a surprise”, as Jones’ stellar performances have been a constant throughout her athletic career.

“I would like to encourage her and assure her of the continued support of the Government and the people of Barbados. This is wonderful news and I really would like to ensure that she understands that Barbados stands behind her in her quest for gold at the Olympic Games,” he stated.

He added: “She is going to bring even further glory to Barbados . . . . She remains the best chance for Barbados bringing home a gold medal at the Olympic Games.”

Akela Jones has qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio.
Akela Jones has qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Jones, who won the heptathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, not only placed first in the high jump, shot put and long jump, but also broke a record previously held by American athlete, Olympic gold medallist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Source: (BGIS)

2 Responses to Lashley lauds Akela’s stellar performance

  1. Miche June 13, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Hope the minister realises that she will need greater assistance in her quest to as he says”She is going to bring even further glory to Barbados . . . . She remains the best chance for Barbados bringing home a gold medal at the Olympic Games.”So its not an Akela Jones thing ,,,Its Barbadian

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  2. Sue Donym June 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Well done, Akela. Obviously very hard working and dedicated. She deserves every success.

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