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July 2017 | VOLUME 04 |ISSUE 03



JADCO Educates Parents of Junior Athletes Page 2

Meet the Directors – Debby Salmon Page 3

Senior Athletes Seminar Page 6

Dope Free Creative Corner Page 7

JADCO and You Page 7

Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshops Page 8

JADCO Testing Services Page 9

JADCO Out and About Page 10

Carey Brown (r), Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) and Alexander Williams (2nd right), Chairman of JADCO, discuss anti-doping in sport with Maxine Taylor (2nd left) and Tracy-Ann Graham-Alonso (l), parents of secondary school athletes. The occasion was the launch of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission/ National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) Anti-Doping Education Parenting Workshops held for parents and guardians of student athletes from schools in St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew on Thursday, April 6, 2017 held at Jamaica College in St. Andrew.

Editorial Athlete support personnel play an integral role in the success of an athlete’s career and parents are one of the most important groups of athlete support personnel. Their guidance can make or break their children’s sporting career. Throughout 2017, JADCO continues to place an emphasis on educating the parents of our junior athletes. Continued on page 2


Our junior athletes themselves, will also be provided with anti-doping information at our annual Junior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshops which will be held islandwide during the month of October. We encourage all secondary schools to make it a priority to support this important event.

More information on these workshops is included in this edition of the True Spirit. If you have queries or wish to share your feedback on this publication, please send an email to


Roshae Miller (2nd left), Public Relations and Education Officer at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission discusses the Commission’s stance on the use of supplements with Dr. Damion Harvey (l), a representative from the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA), Janice Facey (2nd right), Chairman for Region 5 of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) and Nicole Barham (r), parent of a secondary school student athlete. The occasion was the second in the series of the JADCO/NPTAJ Anti-Doping Education Parenting Workshops held for parents and guardians of student athletes from schools in Manchester and St. Elizabeth on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Church Teachers’ College in Manchester.

Throughout 2017, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in partnership with the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica is hosting a series of workshops geared towards sensitising the parents and guardians of junior athletes across Jamaica. The workshops are being held under the theme “Preventing Doping: Parents Reach One, Teach One” and the project is being funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At the launch of the workshops, which took place at Jamaica College on April 6, 2017, several parents and guardians of student


athletes from secondary schools in the parishes of St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew turned out to receive information about anti-doping in sport. Speaking at the launch on behalf of the Hon. Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Chairman of JADCO, Alexander Williams said, “I am very pleased that you are here this morning, recognising how busy we all are. Your presence is a demonstration of your commitment to learning about anti-doping in sport and to partnering with JADCO to examine how best to protect our student athletes, by

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promoting practices and behaviours that will lead to healthy lifestyles and strong positive characteristics.” He further added, “Sincere gratitude must be expressed to UNESCO for its longstanding partnership with Jamaica and specifically JADCO in its public education campaign, promoting fair play and integrity in sport. This partnership has now been further enriched by the tremendous support of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica. We know that without the support of the parents there can be no real impact made by the public education programme.” Also speaking at the event, President of the NPTAJ, Everton Hannam said, “We are grateful to UNESCO for their tangible support towards the implementation of this project which seeks to engage parents of young and upcoming athletes in the important area of anti-doping. The partnership with JADCO continues to expand since we started in 2014, when they delivered a presentation at the Annual Conference of the NPTAJ.”

Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences and Gender Focal Point of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Giselle Burbano said, “In every society, sport is a field of dreams and a force for fabulous positive change. We must do everything to harness this power.” At the workshop, participants were provided with values-based education and information about JADCO’s functions and responsibilities, the 10 Anti-Doping Rule Violations, the doping control process, among other topics. Dr. Michell Hunter, a representative from the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, made a presentation on the health consequences of doping. In addition to the launch, two additional workshops were held at Church Teachers’ College on Thursday, May 4 and William Knibb Memorial High School on Thursday, June 22. The series will conclude at the NPTAJ Annual Parenting Conference which will be held during the month of November 2017.

MEET THE DIRECTORS Meet Mrs. Debby Ann Brown Salmon, a member of the JADCO Board of Directors. She is also an attorney-at-law and one of two partners at the Salmon and Swaby Law Firm, a private practice which she started with her business partner.

Debby Salmon Director at JADCO

Her legal career began with a short stint at the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) where her responsibilities included in-depth research on the regulation and supervision of Jamaica’s financial system, looking at a macro-prudential approach, the regularisation of Building Societies across Jamaica, rationale for establishing a Financial Stability Committee, Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT).

During the year 2000, Mrs. Salmon received a scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport. She was also a secondary school teacher for over a decade before earning her LLB degree with Honours from the University of London and completing two years of Legal Education at the Norman Manley Law School. Continued on page 4


True Spirit recently spoke with Mrs. Salmon and this is what she had to share with us: 1. Tell us about your early life and your most memorable childhood experience. I grew up in Brown’s Town, St. Ann and attended the Brown’s Town Primary School. I passed my Common Entrance for St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School. I was the first girl in my family of two older sisters and two older brothers to pass the Common Entrance. No one expected me to pass but somehow I knew deep down inside that I would. I was considered a tomboy and I rode my brothers’ bicycles before I could even reach the seat and pedal. I also liked reading books a lot. I was fascinated by plots and often imagined myself as the characters in the stories. My most memorable book was ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Even though I enjoyed reading, which kept me indoors most of the time, the outdoors had more mystery and excitement for me, whether I was wandering off on a trail, playing marbles or going bird shooting with my brother with the slingshots we made. We lived on an old plantation, a massive property which was eventually sold for marl mining, it had an old great house and I enjoyed playing there. I pretended to be the Estate Manager and imagined I owned all the land around me. I also attended the Brown’s Town Baptist Church. Church was a must by my mother’s and grandmother’s standards. We grew up poor but never in need. My mother was a homemaker and my father, who was the bread winner for the family worked at Kaiser Bauxite Company for several years. My most memorable childhood experience is journeying to Montego Bay to go to the Sangster’s International Airport to pick up my grandfather who travelled frequently. He would bring back American apples, hidden in new shoes in his suitcase. I enjoyed the scenery of the sea along the way and the


smell of the sea breeze. 2. Tell us about your family. I lived with my extended family, which included my cousins and step siblings. My sisters loved to sing. On Sunday evenings they would play music loudly at home when my mother left for church and we would all sing at the top of our lungs, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bonnie Tyler, and Cindy Lauper to name a few, then we would get in trouble the next day when our neighbours complained. My love and appreciation for music came out of this experience and from my mother who was also a lover of music and had a library of records. She also sang soprano on the choir at church. Today, I am married to a wonderful husband who I adore and respect very much. We share three children Lawrence the eldest, Imani K who is 13 years old and Isla-Skye who is 3 and half years old. They are all great children and complete opposites in their own right, but at the same time a mix of both our personalities. They are very athletic, excelling in swimming, tennis and gymnastics. 3. What philosophy do you live by? I am a fan of the great Mahatma Ghandi and his empowering teachings. I live by those. Some of them are: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” I am also a big fan of the author Paulo Coelho and his two most famous books, The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage. I have read these over and over again, they are like the Bible, full of life lessons and teachings to live by. 4. Tell us about your greatest accomplishment to date. My children are my greatest accomplishment. They mean the world to me.

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5. What sport do you enjoy playing or watching? I enjoy playing tennis and volleyball and enjoy watching track and field, swimming and football. My ambition is to play Beach Volleyball. 6. Tell us about your vision for sport in Jamaica, the Caribbean and worldwide. My vision for Jamaica is for us to excel in all sports, not just athletics. My desire is for Jamaica to be known as a destination for lovers of sports, not just Tourism. My vision is that the rest of the Caribbean will look up to us where sports is concerned, that we will freely exchange our great local coaches for the betterment of sports and the benefit of our athletes. My vision for the world is that we will see the potential of using sports to bring peace worldwide. Nothing brings us, as a people together more than sports. It is the most unifying tool we have to bring people together, we should use it. 7. What advice do you have for athletes and athlete support personnel in sport? I encourage athletes and support personnel to use sports to assist in nation building. Individual athletes should use and apply good sportsmanship to encourage young athletes in a positive way. Don’t be absorbed by self, use your talents to inspire and help others. 8. What is your vision for the Commission? My vision for the Commission is to succeed in the promotion of ‘clean sport’ practices on all levels and provide equal opportunity to all, where all those who are assessed or

tested are done so using the same measuring stick. One level playing field for all, no matter who you are or the accomplishments you have achieved. I also wish for the Commission to be the game changer across the globe, setting ourselves apart from the rest by being the best Anti-Doping Agency. 9. How will you use your education and experience to add value to the Commission? I believe I have already been using my education and experience to add value to the Commission by being a member of the Board of Directors. My advice will always be to encourage all at stake never to do anything to bring the organisation into disrepute because that is always going to be a task to repair. We have a commitment and a responsibility. If we do what needs to be done to build the Commission, we will gain the confidence of those we seek to protect and they will be assured that we are looking out for their best interests. We must set aside personal agendas and work together and be ambitious in our aspirations. We all have a responsibility and we must play our part and play it well. 10. What would you say to athletes to encourage them to stay clean? I would remind them that they are all ambassadors for their country and then I would ask, how much do you love what you do? I am assuming the answer will always be, “I love what I do very much” and my advice would be, “Then don’t do anything to jeopardize it.”



Carey Brown (standing), Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission discusses the doping control process with Alphanso Cunningham (r), Sylvia Grant (2nd left) and Christopher Russell (l), senior athletes from the Jamaica Paralympic Association.

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission hosted a Senior Athletes Seminar on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) in Kingston under the theme, “Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Get the Facts”. Participants in attendance at the seminar, included athletes in JADCO’s Registered Testing Pool (RTP), national and international level athletes, athletes from tertiary institutions and their support personnel. During the Seminar, Executive Director of JADCO, Carey Brown said, “It is very important for all athletes to know that testing positive is not the only way that they can receive an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. There are 10 ways in which you can get an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.” He also cautioned athletes support personnel and reminded them, that they too can be sanctioned. He further added, “Knowing the rules must be a priority, because whether


you know the rules or not, you will be held accountable for your actions.” Alphanso Cunningham, athlete from the Jamaica Paralympic Association, noted that the seminar was very enlightening. “It was very interesting. I was aware of some of the Anti-Doping Rule Violations before, but today I was informed about all ten. I think this event should be mandatory for all athletes.” Head Coach of Netball Jamaica, Jermaine Allison-McCracken said “This is the first Anti-Doping seminar that I have attended in Jamaica and I have learnt a lot. I will definitely share this information with my senior players.” JADCO will host its fourth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 18, 2017.

Dope Free Creative Corner Are you a creative writer? Do you want to be featured in the Dope Free Creative Corner? If so, write a poem or song on anti-doping and submit via email to Be sure to include your name, school (if you are a student) and/or other details so we can give you proper credit for your submission.

JADCO and You Television and Radio Programmes JADCO and You is a series of television and radio features which disseminate important information on anti-doping to the general public. The feature is aired quarterly on Television Jamaica (TVJ) and monthly on 12 radio stations. The JADCO and You television programme will be broadcast on TVJ on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. JADCO and You will be aired on the following radio stations on Thursday, July 27, 2017:

Mello FM: 07:15 AM KLAS ESPN: 05:30 AM Irie FM: 01:40 PM Free I Radio: 11:30 AM Hot 102 FM: 05:55 AM Newstalk 93: 04:55 PM

Music 99 FM: 02:48 PM Suncity Radio: 12:35 PM Roots FM: 01:55 PM NCU FM: 05:50 AM TBC Radio: 10:00 PM Talk Jamaica Radio: 03:05 PM  

To watch previously aired JADCO and You television programmes, tune in to PBCJamaica Tuesdays to Fridays at 1:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.




JADCO OUT and ABOUT The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) remains committed to the fight against doping in sport, as we continue to share the anti-doping message across the island. Here are highlights of some of the public education outreach activities that the Commission has facilitated since April 2017. JADCO/CARIFTA Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop

Roshae Miller (r), Public Relations and Education Officer at JADCO, talks about the 2017 Prohibited List with Georgia Francis, Assistant Team Manager, CARIFTA, along with Daszay Freeman and Christopher Taylor, athletes. The occasion was an anti-doping education workshop, held for members of the CARIFTA track and field contingent held at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)Â on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

JADCO/UWI Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop

Student athletes from the University of the West Indies (UWI) endorse the Say No To Doping campaign. The occasion was the JADCO/UWI Anti-Doping Education Workshop held at the institution on Thursday, April 20 2017.


JADCO/DSJ Anti-Doping Education Workshop

Jemisha Hibbert (c), Public Relations and Education Officer at JADCO, discusses the Commission’s stance on the use of supplements with Nevile Aiken (l), Acting President/Treasurer of Deaf Sports Jamaica (DSJ), Jamardo Davidson (2nd left), student athlete, Lister Mair Gilby High School for the Deaf and Dr. Kerone Wint (2nd right), a representative from the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) with the assistance of Cicely Fisher (r) Interpreter. The occasion was the JADCO/DSF Anti-Doping Education Workshop held at the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) on Friday, April 28, 2017.Â

JADCO Supports the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica FEI World Jumping Challenge

Athletes and support personnel from the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica endorse the Say No To Doping campaign during the FEI World Jumping Challenge held at the Kingston Polo Club in St. Catherine on Saturday, June 3, 2017.


JADCO/YCWJ Anti-Doping Education Workshop

Dr. Brian James (r), Medical Practitioner, presents a token to Orlando Cooper (l), athlete, for correctly answering a question about the health consequences of doping. The occasion was the JADCO/YCWJ Anti-Doping Education Workshop for several community football clubs held at the Sir Howard Cooke Character Development Centre in Nannyville, Kingston on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.Â

JADCO Supported the 2017 National Junior Championships

The JADCO Mascot Leo, the Dope Patrol Officer (c), assists a junior athlete and his support personnel with the WADA Play True Quiz. The occasion was the 2017 National Junior Championships held at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Prepared by the Communication and Education Department of JADCO. Contact us at: The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission PBCJ Complex, Building 2 5 - 9 South Odeon Avenue, Kingston 10


Website: Tel (876)960-3572 | 929-3500 Toll Free: 1-888-429-5232 Fax: (876)929-6006

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JADCO True Spirit July 2017  
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