Born on the 27th of December 1986 in Kingston, Jamaica, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a Jamaican sprinter. A past student of Wolmer’s girl school, at age 21 she was the youngest athlete from the Caribbean to win 100m gold at the 2008 Olympics.
In 2007 she earned her first global medal in athletics by running in the qualifying round of the 4X100m at the IAAF World Championships, where Jamaica earned the silver medal in the final.
In 2008 she took the world by storm, running 10.78 seconds in the Beijing Olympic 100m final, thereby winning the Gold Medal and running the fastest time in the world. In October 2008 the Government of Jamaica appointed Shelly Ann an Officer of the Order of Distinction.
Shelly-Ann is not just any Olympic champion. Her enchanting personality and how she got to overcome her difficult upbringings in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Jamaica to obtain international recognition in sport are a unique inspiration for her countrymen. Yet much of the merit of Shelly’s success belongs to her mother.
In Waterhouse, where criminal gangs and drugs roam free and murders are committed every week, Maxine was just another member of a large family of brothers and sisters who got pregnant being a teen and soon became a single mother of three.
Although she was coached by Stephen Francis, who had guided Jamaica’s Asafa Powell to four men’s 100-m world records, Fraser’s breakthrough in 2008 was sudden and unexpected. She placed second in the 100 m at the Jamaican Olympic Trials, lowering her personal best to 10.85 sec.
At the Beijing Olympics she took a clear lead at 50 m and won gold in 10.78 sec. She is also the founder of the Shelly-Ann Pryce Foundation, through donations and fundraisings, the foundation will provide scholarships to high school students (2nd to 6th form) who represent their school in any sporting discipline.
The scholarships will cover the entire cost for the student to attend school each academic year, including tuition, books, lunch and travel. In 2009, Fraser-Pryce won the 100-meter Jamaican title at the 2009 World Championships, held in Berlin, Germany, becoming the second female sprinter in history to simultaneously hold both Olympic and world 100-meter titles.
In January 2012 Fraser married long-time boyfriend Jason Pryce in a beautiful ceremony. Despite winning only two of five 100-m finals in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Fraser-Pryce became the third woman to repeat as Olympic 100-m champion, with another personal best (10.70 sec).
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is delightfully human and she still was as her positive drug test from oxycodone was revealed. She claimed to have been suffering from toothache, and her coach, Stephen Francis, persuaded her to take a painkiller he was taking for kidney stones.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the fastest women on earth, competed with Britain’s Jessica Ennis, for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. The award recognizes sporting achievement during the year 2012.Especially recognizing successful performances at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The winners are determined by votes made up of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time.