Statement from Sports Minister Olivia' Babsy' Grange on passing of Germaine Mason
Statement from Sports Minister Olivia' Babsy' Grange on passing of Germaine Mason:
“We got up to really sad news: the passing of Germaine Mason, one of our own. Despite him joining the British team a few years ago, I still consider him to be one of our own. Germaine was made here. He’s a product, an outstanding product of Jamaica. A product of our sports system. And we have always given him our love and support.
Germaine was our champion and national high jump record holder. Today, we have lost a member of our sports family. And there are no words to adequately express the sadness, the pain, the grief that we all share. I use this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to his family, including his sports family, his friends and his fans.
This morning, I had the opportunity to speak to Asafa [Powell] who was extremely sad about what had happened. In reaching out to him, I felt that at least I was able to express directly to an outstanding athlete how I felt about Germaine’s passing and it made a difference to me. Let us all share in this grief and let us all celebrate his life and achievements.
I pray that we will all be strengthened in the days ahead.”
Germaine Mason, a Jamaican-born athlete and former National high jumper, of Atoll Avenue, St. Andrew died in a motorcycle collision on Sir Florizel Glasspole Boulevard in the parish on Thursday.
Reports from the Harbour View Police are that about 4:20 a.m., Mason was driving a CBR motorcycle when he allegedly lost control and fell from the motorcycle. The Police were summoned and Mason was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.