SPORTS Olympic Cousins


SPORTS Olympic Cousins

SPORTS  Olympic Cousins

Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes from Evergreen in Manchester sharing their Olympic dream together.

The small relatively unknown community of Evergreen is currently the toast of Manchester, having produced two athletes on Jamaica’s team to the Rio Olympics.

But what a lot of people would find amazing is that it was only in 2014 that Evergreen achieved another major milestone in its history – the community got electricity for the first time.

Now two years on, the torch is shining brightly again in Evergreen as two of its residents, Simone Facey and Sashalee Forbes, are representing Jamaica in the Olympic Games.

Being such a tiny district, it was not surprising to discover that both Facey and Forbes are actually cousins, which makes their Olympic partcipation achievement even more historic.

For 31-year-old Facey, it is her second Olympic Games, having participated in the 2008 Beijing Games in China, while this is the first Olympics for the 21-year-old Forbes.

Facey was crowned national 200m champion after defeating Veronica Campbell Brown in 22.65 seconds at the recent National Trials, and will run the 200m and the 4x100m having placed fifth in the 100m in a time of 11.11 seconds.

“It feels great because I was at the warm-up area before the final at the Trials and I was talking to Sashalee and I was like, make sure you are in because it would be great to see two cousins going to the Olympics together,” said Facey.

Well, Forbes did run well and was just behind Facey in sixth spot with 11.17 seconds and therefore booked her 4x100m relay spot.

“I am more excited for Sashalee because I know it’s her dream all this time to be on the Olympic team.

“So, I am really excited for her and for both of us because we come from the same community, Evergreen in Manchester. I am just happy we are getting to experience this together, as cousins,” Facey added. 

Forbes told the Jamaica Observer that it’s a great feeling making the Olympic team together with her cousin.

“Knowing that it’s a part of my lifetime dream to make the Olympics with Simone is great,” said Forbes, who attends the GC Foster College.

“We both grew up in Evergreen, where we all love track and field.

“Even though I didn’t know Simone as much as I know her now, we still connect with great family love and we communicate a lot, so it’s a great feeling,” Forbes reiterated.

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