Words by Jesse Serwer, via CTV—
If you figured the record-breaking, world-bossing, US-embarrassin’ Jamaican athletes would get the most massive welcome home reception in the Caribbean after the Olympics, then you’d probably be mistaken. Dozens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Trinis crammed into Piarco International Airport airport yesterday to welcome home gold medal-winning javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott. Monday was even named a national holiday in honor of the 19-year-old Walcott, the youngest ever gold medalist in his sport and the second-ever gold medalist from TnT; a Caribbean Airlines jet will also be named for him.
While the adulation is nice, the best part for Walcott must be the perks: He’s set to receive a check for about $155,000, a luxury home and roughly 20,000 square feet of land near his hometown, Toco. Don’t let anyone tell you Trinidad doesn’t love a winner!