Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 60 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 Fiyah deh a muss-muss (moos-moos) tail, in tink a cool breeze TRANSLATION: There is a fire blowing at the tail of the mouse, but he believes he is feeling the effects of a cooling breeze. EXPLANATION: Many times, in our naiveté, we remain unaware of impending danger until it actually overtakes us. Also, the foolhardy blithely interpret the signs of danger to mean that all is well. OLE TIME PEOPLE USED TO SAY ... jamaica at UNIQUELY JAMAICAN LIKKLE BUT TALLAWAH! SPORTING ICONS May 25, 1920 to October 19, 1992 HE WON a silver medal in the 800 metres and ran the 1st leg of 4x400 metres relay but pulled a muscle, and the Jamaican teamhad to withdraw from the race. In 1952 at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, he won a silver medal in the 800 metres and won a gold in the 4x400 relay, being one of Jamaica’s world record breaking team. He was born in the parish of Manchester, in the village of Plowden on May 25, 1920, and from his school days began winning at the Boys’ Championship. The 100 and 220 yards in 1936, the high jump in 1935-6 and the 220 and 440 yards in 1937. He also participated and was successful at the international level leading up to his victory in London. He gained two gold medals in the 400 & 800 metres at the Central American & Caribbean Games (CAC), and one 4x400 metres relay gold at the CAC games. He also got a bronze medal in the 400 metres hurdle. He attended Calabar High School for Boys and began his athletic career there. He then went to Excelsior College where he did some teaching and helped organise athletics and other sports. INTERNSHIP In 1942, he left Jamaica for Canada where he began training in the Royal Air Force, and got his wings as a pilot with the rank of Flying Officer. He was sent to England for active service. There he joined the Polytechnic Harriers and represented that Club as well as the RAF Combined Services and Great Britain in athletics. When Arthur Wint left the RAF he was Flight Lieutenant. He then went to St Bartholomew’s Hospital as a medical student. Between 1948 and 1953, Arthur Wint showed not only his prowess on the track but graduated as a doctor doing his internship at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He was made a Member of the British Empire in 1954. He returned to Jamaica in 1955 and worked at the University College Hospital of theWest Indies until 1958, when he returned to England to study for the Fellowship in Surgery. While there, he worked for the Altrincham General Hospital, Cheshire and did a year as Demonstrator in Anatomy at Manchester University. When Jama i ca ga ined Independence in 1962, Wint was invited to return and was one of the team members who carried the torch into the Stadium at the Independence Celebrations. The following year he gained his postgraduate degree of FRCS and returned to Jamaica in 1963. From then until 1973, he worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Falmouth General Hospital. He was later appointed Senior Medical Officer to the Lucea Hospital. In 1973, he was awarded the Jamaican honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction and the Order of Jamaica in 1989. Between 1974 to 1978, he served as High Commissioner for Jamaica to the Court of St James, London, and was also ambassador to the Courts of Sweden and Denmark. He was elected to the Black Athletes’ Hall of Fame in the United States in 1977. Having completed his tour of duty as High Commissioner, he resumed medical work at Linstead Hospital as Senior Medical Officer. He retired from hospital work in 1985. DR ARTHUR STANLEYWINT, OJ, FRCS, MBE Dr Arthur Wint, a member of the Jamaican relay team which broke the World record at the Olympic Games in Helsinki carrying the torch at the 9th Central American and Caribbean Games during the lap of honour on the opening night of the games on August 25, 1962. From left are George Rhoden, Les Lain and Herbert McKenley. THE GLEANER ARCHIVES