Paying tribute to the late, great Hubert Lawrence

The late Hubert Lawrence posing beside his book, Champs 100.

Over the weekend, the sports world bid farewell to a true icon, Hubert Lawrence. Lawrence was a sports analyst and author whose indelible mark on Jamaican track and field transcends mere statistics. His legacy is deeply intertwined with his profound contributions to the sport and his literary achievements.

Renowned as the “Track Encyclopedia,” Lawrence’s expertise extended far beyond the track. His seminal works, including Power and Glory: Jamaica in World Athletics, from WWII to the Diamond League Era delved into the rich tapestry of Jamaican athletic history. Through meticulous research and compelling narratives, Hubert Lawrence chronicled the triumphs and challenges of Jamaican athletes on the global stage. He always offered insights into the nation’s rise to prominence in world athletics.

Among his other notable works are Champs 100, a celebration of Jamaica’s prestigious Boys and Girls Championships. Additionally, he produced 50 Days of Fire, a captivating exploration of Jamaica’s dominance in sprinting. These books not only captured the essence of Jamaican track and field, but also served as invaluable resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts alike.
Hubert’s passion for the sport was palpable in his every word and action. He wasn’t just an analyst. He was also a mentor, motivator, and staunch advocate for the advancement of Jamaican athletics.
Furthermore, his commitment to uplifting athletes and promoting the values of sportsmanship and excellence resonated deeply within the track fraternity and beyond.

Walk Good, Hubert

As we reflect on Hubert’s remarkable life and legacy, we remember his enduring impact on Jamaican track and field. His writings are inspirational and will educate generations to come, ensuring his legacy remains etched in the annals of sports history.
To Hubert Lawrence, the “Track Encyclopedia,” we extend our deepest gratitude for his unparalleled contributions to the sport we love. May his memory continue to fuel the flames of passion and excellence in Jamaican athletics for years to come.


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