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Laureus Sports activities Award: Past the uncooked numbers, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce win a mirrored image of how a lot she has transcended athletics

So comfortable to see Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce win the Laureus Award. Since my first interview with SAFP in 2011, she has at all times been gracious, humorous and considerate in interviews. This can be a fantastic tribute by Deji Ogeyingbo.

Laureus Sports activities Award: Past the uncooked numbers, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins a mirrored image of how a lot she has transcended athletics

There are few folks on this world who’re recognizable solely by their first names. Fewer nonetheless are girls in sports activities. Fraser-Pryce is an distinctive human who has transcended the shores of dominating our athletics. The common child needs to select up a operating shoe due to her affect on the game. 

The truth that she narrows that area of interest additional nonetheless, as a girl of shade, possibly shouldn’t matter, however it does. As a result of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has modified what it means to be a sportswoman, to be a profitable Black lady who comes from an Island nation of fewer than 3 million folks, to be a mom, to be a lot greater than the sum of all of her achievements. 

Fraser-Pryce scooped sport’s most prestigious award- Laureus Sports activities Girl of the 12 months forward of fellow monitor star Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, Alexa Putellas (Soccer), Katie Ledecky (Swimming), Iga Swiatek (Tennis) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Snowboarding). She is the second consecutive Jamaican sprinter to win the award after Elaine Thompson-Herah. This award is synonymous with the Oscars, and as we all know, solely the easiest are deserving of them. 

On and off the monitor, Fraser-Pryce’s cerebral and sumptuous look is worthy of emulation for generations to come back, and her affect off the monitor is much more profound, much more enduring, and much more wide-reaching. That’s the reason the diminutive Jamaican is and can proceed to be so celebrated. In an age when girls are nonetheless pressured to decide on between profession and motherhood, energy and wonder, sport or style, success or recognition, one field or one other, Fraser-Pryce is all of it and a lot extra.

Athletics followers who’ve adopted her know that her greatness goes past what she achieved final 12 months. That doesn’t imply we should always throw it out the window as a result of, for a 36-year-old, the numbers have been simply staggering. The Jamaican had an outstanding 12 months during which she grew to become the 100m world champion for the fifth time as she grew to become the oldest sprinter to win a world title in a person operating occasion. Fraser-Pryce ran inside 10.70s seven instances final 12 months, with the largest of them coming on the world championships in Oregon, during which she ran 10.67.

Lots of her followers far and vast will know and rejoice her, particularly in methods during which she has modified the game, after all. Her fashion on the monitor has been transformational. The bodily energy and technical prowess she delivered to girls’s sprinting have taken it to a brand new degree and demanded her rivals to compete on an analogous degree in the event that they have been to be any match.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, photograph by Weltklasse Zurich

Fraser-Pryce’s best achievements are in transcending how we view athletics, in transcending all of sport, as a result of solely then do athletes actually make a distinction. On and off it. Solely then do they show to us why sport issues and the numerous methods it does? The viral video that noticed her compete in her son’s Interhouse sport was a working example. It was a testomony to how a lot she’s liked outdoors the realm of athletics.

This award that solely a handful of nice sportsmen and ladies have gotten additional signifies how particular she is. Ladies have been lorded over since daybreak with the small-framed picture of perfection, as initiated by means of the male gaze and perpetuated by excessive style. Here’s a highly effective and swish specimen of magnificence, and she or he is somebody who empowers by means of her inspiration. There’s nothing easy about Fraser-Pryce’s stature, it has visibly required an insane quantity of dedication. Literal blood, sweat, and tears.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is 5 time W 100m champion! World Athletics Championships
Eugene, Oregon, USA
July15-26, 2022, photograph by Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce’s operating profession could also be nearing the top, however the lady who has transcended her sport, who has extolled motherhood, who has given all the sport a task mannequin we might be pleased with, should channel all that vitality, drive and magnificence someplace.

  • Deji Ogeyingbo

    Deji Ogeyingbo is certainly one of Nigeria’s main Monitor and Area Journalists as he has labored in numerous capacities as a author, content material creator, and reporter for radio and TV stations within the nation and Africa. Deji has lined various levels of Sporting competitions inside and outdoors Nigeria which incorporates, African Championships and World Junior Championships. Additionally, he based certainly one of Nigeria’s main Sports activities PR and Branding firm in Nikau Sports activities in 2020, an organization that goals to vary the narrative of how athletes are perceived in Nigeria whereas trying to develop their picture to the very best attainable degree.

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