The Caribbean Action 2030 Regional Conference represents the region’s commitment to the achievement of the Sustainable A full-length history of the Gibson Relays titled The Gibson Relays: History & Impact on Jamaica's Sports Culture and Social Development, which was commissioned by the Gibson-McCook Relays Organising Committee and covers 41 years of the event's history up to 2014, was recently launched at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Among those present at the launch were Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF, and Dr Victor LÛpez, president of NACAC, both of whom were presented with copies of the book.
Gibson-McCook Relays Organising Committee Chairman Professor Rainford Wilks expressed satisfaction at the end result of the committee's decision to record for posterity the achievements of the Relays, and in particular, the mandate given to the writers for the Gibson Relays history to be placed in the context of the overall development of Jamaica's sports culture and social development.
Wilks paid tribute to the author, Professor Verene Shepherd, both for the rigour and depth of the research conducted by her colleagues at the Institute of Gender and Development Studies of The University of the West Indies, and for her role as author in creating a high-quality work of historical integrity. Publisher Ian Randle also came in for special mention as a crucial member of the team that led to the execution of the final product... read more