10 Things You Might Not Know About Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
1. Shelly-Ann the Jamaican athlete who is affectionately referred to as the “Pocket Rocket” is now 32-year-old and she recently won her first Gold medal as a mother at the IAAF World Championships in Doha.
2. She is a committed Christian and she became the 1st UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador, in 2010, the organisation that provide emergency food and healthcare for poor children and their mothers. She attended Wolmers High School in Kingston and then got married to Jason Pryce, the name of her 1st child Zion.
3. The world class athlete is placed 4th on the list of the all-time fastest female sprinters in the world after she won her race in 10.0 seconds, this was her personal best.
4. She has become a Legend and the IAAF stated that she is possibly the greatest female sprinter in history, following her win in the 2015 world championships. In 2014 she won the 60m race in 6.98 seconds at the World Indoor Championships. She was the 7th fastest of all times at this distance.
5. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica on the 27th of December 1986 in Waterhouse, a poor community. She attended George Headley Primary School before she qualified to attend Wolmers High.
6. The hardworking athlete was awarded the JAAA Best Female Athlete of the year 4 times and the RJR National Sports Woman of the year award three times and got other prestigious awards over the years.
7. In 2013 she was the IAAF World Athlete of the year and became the first Jamaican female athlete to win this award after Merlene Ottey won it in 1990.
8. She is a very vibrant athlete and wears colourful hair whenever she is on the track. This could be her way of advertising her recently launched hair business, “Chick Hair Ja”.
9. The Pocket Rocket Foundation was also launched by Fraser-Pryce as she gives back and tries to develop young athletes who are having a hard time because their parents are unable to send them to school.
10. She also was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Woman of the year award 3 times. She ascended to prominence in 2008 when she won the 100m Gold at the Olympics and then became the 3rd woman to win 2 consecutive 100m Gold Medals.
She continues to make Jamaicans all over the world very proud, as she has won her 9th Gold medal in International Championships. Shelly-Ann is now the oldest woman and second mother in history to win the 100m gold medal in the World Championships.