Valerie Wint, the eldest daughter of Arthur Wint – Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medallist, officially launched her book “The Longer Run – A Daughter’s Story of Arthur Wint” on March 15 at Bookophilia on Hope Road. The launch of the book, which was actually published last year by Ian Randle Publishers, took place in the context of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence and the return of the upcoming Olympics to London – the city where Arthur Wint created history.
In “The Longer Run”, Valerie Wint “paints a vivid and rounded portrait of a father, husband, teammate and friend who always managed to remain humble in spite of his professional success and personal trials. She gives readers access to the life story of an enigmatic figure who towered above most in stature but lived quietly as a gentle giant.”
Valerie, who currently resides in Canada, revealed that she received assistance from another famous Jamaican daughter, Rachel Manley – daughter of former Prime Minister Michael Manley. After being initially intimidated by Rachel’s “Drumblair”, she eventually realised that she needed to find her own voice. The book comes almost 20 years after his passing, and is described as “a story of discipline, courage, determination and most of all love for family and country”.
A star was born on March 25, 1920 in the quiet rural community of Plowden in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica. Arthur Stanley Wint is perhaps best known as Jamaica’s first Olympic Gold Medallist and has been profiled as such in his native island’s rich athletic history. However, little is known of the man’ who trained to become a Royal Air Force pilot and broke the Canadian 400m record while doing so; or the British-trained surgeon who returned to Jamaica in 1963, eventually settling in Hanover as the only resident doctor and treating the poor for free; or the diplomat who was awarded with the Order of Distinction, in 1973 and served as Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the UK.