The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has issued the following statement on the passing of high jumper Germaine Mason.

Minister’s Statement:

“We got up to really sad news: the passing of Germaine Mason, one of our own.

Despite him joining the British team a few years ago, I still consider him to be one of our own.

Germaine was made here. He’s a product, an outstanding product of Jamaica. A product of our sports system. And we have always given him our love and support.

Germaine was our champion and national high jump record holder. Today, we have lost a member of our sports family. And there are no words to adequately express the sadness, the pain, the grief that we all share.

I use this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to his family, including his sports family, his friends and his fans.

This morning, I had the opportunity to speak to Asafa [Powell] who was extremely sad about what had happened. In reaching out to him, I felt that at least I was able to express directly to an outstanding athlete how I felt about Germaine’s passing and it made a difference to me.

Let us all share in this grief and let us all celebrate his life and achievements.

I pray that we will all be strengthened in the days ahead.”


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