‘Is the Trelawny yam stand up in him … ‘

That’s what Jamaicans say is what makes world-class track & fielder Usain Bolt the athletic phenom that he is. Usain Bolt is from the parish of Trelawny, which is located in northwest Jamaica and is known as the “yam parish.”

Trelawy, the yam parish

To the World!

Jamaicans are avid track & field fans. In fact, in the three weeks since I’ve been at my job at the Youth Center, there have been two international track & field events held – the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea and the Brussels Diamond League. During each event, when Bolt was running, the folks at my workplace were front and center in front of the t.v. cheering him on to victory. I understand this takes place all over Jamaica.

During the last event, the Diamond League, Bolt sprinted his way to victory yet again and one of the teachers who frequents the Youth Center said to me, “It’s in the yam Mary, it’s in the yam!”

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