Jamaican-born British high jumper, Germaine Mason died in a crash on the Sir Florizel Glasspole Boulevard in Kingston this morning.
He was 34 years.
Mason won a silver medal in the high jump for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He holds the Jamaican high jump national record of 2.34-metres.
While representing Jamaica, he won gold at the Junior Pan Am Games in 2000 Puerto Rico and in 2002 in Barbados. He was a member of the MVP Track Club but left the club in 2005.
He eventually changed allegiances in 2006, representing Great Britain.
Meanwhile, on social media, several local athletes have reacted with shock to his passing.
National discus thrower, Jason Morgan on his facebook account wrote; “Mi bredda Germaine Mason mi can go on and on since we knew each other from age 13. Eye water full mi eyes as mi write this. Cant believe you gone. mi ago miss yuh. Mi can’t stop bawl. This pain mi heart. R.I.P “Soaring To New Heights” as i call you. One Love.”
[Translation: “My brother, Germaine Mason. I could go on and on since we knew each other from the age of 13. My eyes are filled with tears as I write this. Can’t believe you’re gone. I’m going to miss you. I can’t stop crying. This pain in my heart. RIP. ‘Soaring to New Heights’, as I called you. One Love.”]
Sprint hurdler, Andrea Bliss wrote: “Condolences to his family and friend it’s one of the worst news you can ever wake up and try to start your morning to hear… track and field has lost someone great no words right now am just in shock and disbelief”
Another sprint hurdler Natasha Ruddock said: “Wow, so sad waking up to this news!! RIP Germaine Mason”
Fellow high jumper Sheree Francis said “Never loved any athlete as much as I loved you. You were always motivating me to be better and to become the jumper I am today. You looked out for me in so many ways from I was younger. You made sure I had an agent before I even knew I had one.”