STRONGER, FASTER, SMARTER: ASAFA POWELL AND THE DIANA AWARD

Published: Monday, August 6, 2012 9:06
Asafa Powell Asafa Powell

How have you been preparing for the Olympics?

Well as it’s Olympic year, everyone is a lot more focused.


How much of your mind is involved when you’re actually on the track and you’ve got Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake on either side of you?

You have to stay focused and not let your mind play games on you.


You have to really stay focused and not let your mind play games on you.


As a graduate of the University of Technology, Jamaica what message would you give to young people who want to get into sport?

HRH Prince Harry met the first two young Jamaicans HRH Prince Harry met the first two young Jamaicans

The most important thing is to first concentrate on the academic side and then do the sporting side.


The Diana Award was founded in 1999 by the UK Government to act as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief in the power of young people to change the world. It is an official memorial to the late Princess Diana and continues to recognise the outstanding contributions young people – both in the UK and internationally, make to their communities and identifies positive role models for society.


Earlier this year as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration’s HRH Prince Harry met the first two young Jamaicans who received the International Diana Award. During his visit to RISE Life he met Chrisyln Winter, aged 12 and Alex Newman aged 17 from Kingston.


On receiving the International Diana Award, Chrislyn said: “I am delighted to be the first Jamaican girl to receive the International Diana Award. It was amazing to be acknowledged by Prince Harry, Princess Diana’s son. It was a huge honour to meet him. I hope I inspire more young people to study hard so that they can succeed and give back to their communities.”


Chrislyn Winter Chrislyn Winter

On receiving the Diana Award, Alex said: “I so proud to be presented with the Diana Award. I am passionate about showing young people positive activities that they can be involved in, and that they can strive for a better future. Meeting Prince Harry was incredible!”

This month, the Diana Award is hosting a special brunch to celebrate their involvement in the London Olympics. British Prime Minister, Rt Hon. David Cameron is patron of the Diana Award and has been invited to the event. This is alongside their first International Ambassador and Jamaican athlete, Asafa Powell and over 15 Diana Award holders who are Olympic torchbearers. UK ambassadors Twist and Pulse, who are part of the Olympic torch relay across the country will also be at this special occasion.


They have recently developed the International Award and the event will be a platform to highlight the charity’s ongoing partnership with the University of Technology, Jamaica, who has been instrumental in the development of the International Diana Award, Jamaica.




On August 13, 2012 the Diana Award will host a special VIP brunch celebrating their involvement in the London Olympics – sponsored by Richard Branson’s restaurant, Babylon. | www.diana-award.org.uk

Info: On August 6, Jamaica celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Independence.


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