Team Jamaica Bickle to Honor Deon Hemmings-McCatty, OD, At Annual Awards Reception & Fundraiser

Hemmings Is First Ever Jamaican Woman to Win Individual Olympic Gold!

New York/3.23.13/CMM…Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) will hold its annual Awards Reception and Fundraiser on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, under the distinguished patronage of the Honorable Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President.  This year the organization will honor Olympian, Dean Hemmings-McCatty, OD, among others.  

Deon HemmingsHemmings-McCatty, is the first female track and field athlete in Jamaica and the English Speaking Caribbean to win individual Olympic gold. She created that memorable moment in history at the 1996 Olympic Games, in Atlanta, Georgia in the 400m hurdles, breaking the Olympic record which stood to 2004. She remains active in the sports world in Jamaica, serving as founding member and Chairwoman of the Central Jamaica Junior Schools Classics. She is also an executive member of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and is an Athletes Commission Member, International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

“I am delighted to be honored by Team Jamaica Bickle, a great organization which does so much good for our athletes”, stated Hemmings-McCatty. Like many of the great athletes that came before and after her, Hemmings-McCatty has seen the powerful impact of the program first hand.  

Team Jamaica Bickle, now in its 19th year of operation continues to be a pillar of support for Jamaican and Caribbean athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays. Through its partnership with Vincent HoSang’s Caribbean Food Delights and the HoSang Family Foundation, the organization has served thousands of meals to athletes each year. The organization also provides ground transportation, top-notch medical and chiropractic care. It also manages hotel accommodations for the entire contingent.

Irwine Clare, Sr., CEO of the organization, voiced great pride in the organization’s continuing legacy, and expressed great pleasure in the honoring of Hemmings-McCatty; citing her historic achievements and the excellent example she has set for up and coming athletes.

“We remain committed to ensuring our athletes enjoy a home-away-from-home atmosphere when they are at the Penn Relays,” said Irwine Clare, Sr., CEO of the organization.“We are extremely proud of our nineteen years of service to our ambassadors. We value our mission and look forward to a banner year in 2014 when we will mark our 20thyear of operation.” 

TJB continues to receive support from sponsors such as the Lomax Foundation, Grace Foods, Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations (UJAA), Tower Isle Patties, Western Union, LIME, Fly Jamaica, Transcontinental Shippers, RTN Production, The Door Restaurant and SuperWings.

The public may obtain more information about the event and organization by calling 718.523.2861 or sending an email to

About Team Jamaica Bickle
Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, based in New York. It was formed in 1994, under the leadership of Irwine G. Clare Sr., to provide much needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania. TJB services have since been extended to athletes, coaches from Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, as well as the USA. 

In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays. As a result, the Jamaican flag became the first foreign nation’s flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched. Over the years, TJB has received several proclamations and awards from numerous local and national entities.

Media Contact
Andrea Daley 
Caribbean Media Marketing



scroll to top