Dr Ottey -UTech confers athletics icon with honorary degree
BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamaica Observer | Sunday, February 17, 2013
Dr Merlene Ottey poses with her cannister
after being bestowed with an Honorary
Degree of Doctor of Technology, Sports,
Honoris Causa by the University of Technology
(UTech) at the Ben Francis Invitational Meet
yesterday. Sharing in the moment is Professor
Errol Morrison, president of UTech. (Photo:
IT'S now official, Dr Merlene Joyce Ottey. Jamaica's legendary track and
field icon was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of
Technology, Sports, Honoris Causa by the University of Technology
(UTech) at the Ben Francis Invitational Meet yesterday.
Ottey, 52, had to compete with the rain during the opening ceremony at
the Vere Technical High School compound in Clarendon. But, as usual, she
won, and after a 45-minute delay and a shift in location from the
infield to the auditorium, Ottey was officially conferred with the
Excerpt from report Published: Sunday | February 17, 2013
by Raymond Graham, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Olympian Merlene Ottey being presented with flowers by Chief Executive
Officer of Grace Foods, Michael Ranglin, upon arriving at the Norman
Manley International Airport in Kingston - JIS PHOTO
... However, the rain did not stop the function held for former student
and many-time Olympian, Merlene Ottey, the honouree for this year's
meet. Ottey also received the Doctor of Technology in Sports from the
University of Technology (UTech).
Ottey was very pleased with her award.
was a fantastic feeling to be honoured by my former school and also to
get an award from the University of Technology and I was really
surprised by this knowing that at no time I was at that institution,"
"I am very blessed to be back at Vere although I only
spent some eight months there and although there are not many things I
can remember. The grass track looks the same to me," she added.