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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Now it's Dr Merlene Ottey!

Dr Ottey -UTech confers athletics icon with honorary degree

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com
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: Bryan Cummings)
 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 doctorate.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dr-Ottey_13660022#ixzz2LUZl3WoA
  
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
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.
"It 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," she said.
"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.

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