The Jamaican and World Sporting fraternity is in deep mourning today for the loss of one of their own. Jamaican born Olympian and silver medalist, Germaine Madison died in a bike crash in Kingston early this morning.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, was one of the first to send condolences to the family, friends and fans of the Olympian. “Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity,” he tweeted after the crash.
Juliet Cuthbert, who like Mason is an Olympic silver medalist, tweeted: “Germaine Mason gone too soon. Condolences to his family and friends. #RIPGermaine”.
Immediately after, several athletes including his close friend World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt and Michael Frater turned up at the scene of the crash.
Mason is Jamaica’s national record holder in the high jump event.
Before migrating to the UK, he trained with the Stephen Francis-coached MVP Track Club but in 2006, switched allegiance to represent Great Britain.
Two years later, Mason, competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and won a silver medal for Great Britain in the high jump.
Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller: “I am saddened by the news of the passing of Germaine Mason. My thought and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues in the sporting industry. Rest In Peace Germaine.”
Olympian Jason Morgan: “Mi bredda Germaine Mason mi can go on and on since we knw each other from age 13. eye water full mi eyes as mi write this. cant believe you gone. mi ago miss yuh. Mi can’t stop bawl. This pain mi heart. R.I.P Soaring To New Heights” as i call you. One Love.”