Olympic Gold Medalist Kirani James has taken ownership of a parcel of land that is located at Palmiste Gardens in St. John’s.
The land was promised to the Grenadian Jaguar by Local Attorney Ruggles Ferguson and his sister, Sandra Ferguson who are originally from the Parish of St. John’s after his gold winning performance at last summer’s sporting event in England.
The Fergusons’ lived up to the promise that was made to the National sporting icon last September during his homecoming visit after winning the Olympic Medal in a time of 43.94 seconds on August 6, 2012 in the men’s 400m at the London Games.
They presented James with the title deed to the land that is measured 10, 737 square feet during a brief ceremony held at Ciboney Chambers on H. A. Blaize Street, St. George’s last week Wednesday.
According to the attorney, the plot is a residential lot of land that overlooks the sea, and it is next to another lot that is owned by Their Excellencies, Governor General, Sir Carlyle and Lady Norma Glean.
Ferguson said the presentation is not merely being done on the part of he and his sister but on behalf of the entire population of St. John’s. and the rest of Grenada in recognition of James’ outstanding achievements that culminated at the London Olympics.
He indicated that James’ success did not just begin at the Olympics, but started during his school days at the St. John’s Anglican School.
“As really a token of appreciation and recognition of not just your outstanding achievement on the track, but also your outstanding achievement off the track – your discipline, your commitment, your dedication, you being a true example to all the youth, not just in Grenada and the Caribbean, but throughout the entire world in being able to overcome all the challenges and what you have achieved today,” he said.
James in his usual humility was very grateful to the Fergusons’ for the gift.
He said that to him it is always the thought that counts more than anything else, no matter the magnitude of the gesture.
The Olympian stated that he appreciates what the Fergusons’ have done in appreciation of his accomplishments and what he tries to do for his country.
He said he tries to represent Grenada to the best of his ability and in a positive way each and every time.
The presentation was witnessed by former National Swimmer, Nagi Ferguson, and attorney Ferron Lowe who is a business partner with Ferguson in Ciboney Chambers.