The 19-year-old sprint relay gold medallist of this years’ Tokyo Olympics – Briana Williams, has been honoured with Consulate General of Jamaica Heritage Award in Sunrise, Florida, on Sunday.
The Consulate General, Jamaica, to Southern USA – Oliver Mair recognised her for youth leadership and global excellence while presenting her with the award.
He cited, “Briana is a shining example to Jamaicans at home and abroad of what you can achieve with hard work, dedication, commitment backed by God-given talent. Briana will always be our little baby, so the reward for us was that she got her gold medal”.
While Briana stated that she was extremely happy and felt honoured on receiving the award, she stated, “For me, every season, I want to show what young people like myself can achieve through hard work. And at the end of it, it is always nice to be recognised, so I am grateful for this award.”
The Consulate General of Jamaica’s Heritage Award was established in order to recognise outstanding and dedicated service by the individuals and businesses in the Jamaican community.
Briana Nichole Williams was born on 21 March 2002 and is an American-born Jamaican female athlete competing in the 100 metres and 200 metres sprints. She became the youngest athlete to win the women’s 100 metres, and 200 metres double at the – 2018 World Under-20 Championships in Tampere at age 16.
She holds the girls’ 100 metres age-15 world record, with a time of 11.13 seconds, set in March 2018. She is both the Jamaican under-18 & under-20 record holder in both the – women’s 100 metres and 200 metres, with personal bests of 10.97 seconds and 22.50 seconds, respectively.
For her outstanding athletics achievements in the year 2018 she was nominated for the IAAF Female Rising Star & – the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year awards.