Local track and field officials react to death of retired high jumper Germaine Mason

Voices of JAAA president Dr Warren Blake and MVP head coach Stephen Francis

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake has expressed sadness at the passing of Olympian Germaine Mason who died on Thursday morning as a result of a motor-cycle crash.

Dr Blake hailed the 34 year old as a pioneer of Jamaican high jumping, holding both the national senior and junior records in the event.

“It is definitely a sad loss because Germaine was very well loved by everybody who met him. He paved the way for our high jumpers and was our standard bearer for a number of years,” said Dr Blake.

Coach of the MVP Track Club Steven Francis in speaking to the Gleaner on Thursday morning, also remembered Mason whom he coached both at the club and high school levels.

“He was one of the first persons who decided that he would take a risk and train for an event like the high jump in Jamaica and he did quite well,” said Francis.

Mason who won silver for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Games, died when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Norman Manley highway about 4:20 Thursday morning.

Mason who was a student at Wolmer's Boys, won medals at the World Indoor Championships, World Junior Championships and Pan American Games while representing Jamaica. In 2006, he switched sporting allegiance, and represented Great Britain. Mason's national junior record stands at 2.27 metres while his senior record mark is set at 2.34 metres.


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