Sprint queen Cydonie Mothersill
received the sort of reception she fully deserved when she arrived home with
her Commonwealth Games gold medal Wednesday night.
A huge crowd gathered at Owen Roberts
International Airport to welcome home the 200 metres champion who sizzled to
victory in Delhi, India, on Monday in 22.89 seconds. It was a fitting reward
for years of near misses thwarted by persistent injury to her petite frame.
Even going into these Games, Mothersill was hampered by a niggling Achilles
tendon injury. The negative news about security, hygiene, sanitation and lack
of competence of the Indian officials to ensure the games’ success received
blanket coverage in the build-up to her departure, yet like the true pro that
she is, Cydonie ignored all that and focused solely on being as best prepared
as she could be. It worked perfectly. Minister of Sports Mark Scotland and
Olympic Committee president Donald McLean were among those who greeted Mothersill,
32, on the tarmac. She was given a brief welcoming reception before stepping
out in amazement at the size and warmth of the crowd waiting for her. There
were plenty of hugs and kisses, photographs and autographs.
As she signed for adoring fans,
Mothersill said: “For these kids to say they want to look up to me, it’s an
awesome feeling and a big responsibility. I also take pride to know that I’m
able to be a big role model to these kids. No matter if mummy or daddy doesn’t
believe in you, always dream big no matter what the odds are. Never, ever, ever
give up no matter what happens. I certainly didn’t give up, and if I had done
so, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here tonight as a champion. God has been
She will rest for the remainder of
this year and then get back into training for the two big championships in
2011. “Next year I have the world championships and the Pan American Games to
look forward to and then, of course, the big one (London Olympics) the
Premier McKeeva Bush and the
Ministry of Sports are planning to host a public tribute to Mothersill in
Heroes Square on Monday.
“Cydonie’s win is a significant
achievement – one of national pride. It is therefore fitting that we honour her
with a public event. In addition, celebrating such an accomplishment nationally
will show our children the heights to which they too can aspire,” said Mr.
Premier Bush and other government
officials as well as the rest of the Commonwealth team are slated to attend.
The event starts at
5.30pm and all are invited.