Noted Jamaican educator and Olympian, Vilma Charlton, will be honored with the ‘Pioneer in Athletics & Exemplary Leader in Sport Award’, at the inaugural staging of the Labor of Love Luncheon being put on by Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) Inc.
Charlton will be conferred with the honour in New York where TBJ is based, the organisation said in a statement Saturday.
TJB provides hospitality services to Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays held annually at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
It is set to honour Charlton in a ceremony to be held on April 24, beginning at 2:00 pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, New York. Other honorees are Stephen Drummond, Dawn Warren, David Warren, and JoAnne Squillace.
Charlton is being honored for her “distinguished and transformational career and leadership in the field of sport and as an educator”.
As an athlete, she represented Jamaica at the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympic Games. She won gold in the 220 yards at the 1965 West Indian Championships and won a bronze medal for the 200 yards at the 1966 Central American and Caribbean Games. She also won gold as part of the 4×110 yards relay at the same event.
An alumna of Pepperdine University, Charlton was inducted into the Pepperdine University Hall of Fame in 2017.
Charlton, who holds a B.Sc in physical education and an M.A. in education from Pepperdine University, pursued a career in education right out of college.
“Her distinguished and foundational work ensures that the structure and resources for the island’s sporting programme remains solid and world-renowned through generations. Although she has retired as a lecturer from the University of the West Indies, Institute of Education, she remains the chief external examiner for all tertiary institutions pursuing studies in physical education and sport,” TJB noted.
It noted further that her work is far-reaching, regionally. She is a qualified master course conductor for physical education teachers and coaches in the Central American and Caribbean Region. She was the Chief External Examiner for the first-ever sitting of Physical Education and Sport for the CXC, CSEC Examination in 2003, a position she held until 2013.
Charlton was also a member/chairperson of the committee which designed and piloted the bachelors’ programme for the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sports and currently serves as chairperson for the revised Early Childhood Diploma Syllabus in Physical Education for Teachers’ Colleges.
Additionally, Charlton also served on the executive of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association through many administrators dating back to the 1980s and has accompanied several national teams in management capacities. She currently serves as the organization’s 4th vice president.