Royals get a taste of sports and culture in Jamaica | Loop Jamaica

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Jamaica’s sporting and cultural prowess were on show at Culture Yard in Trench Town, St Andrew Tuesday afternoon, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and wife Kate were treated to several activities that the island is renowned for.

The Royal couple — who was cheered loudly by the hundreds that had gathered on the outside of the facility on their arrival — participated in some of the activities while talking and mingling with some of the island’s top athletes.

Their indulgences included sitting in a bobsled, while the island’s bobsledders explained the intricacies of operating the vehicle as well as explaining details about the sports programme on the island.

Williams also participated in a scrimmage game with schoolboy football champions Kingston College that included England international Raheem Sterling.

Sterling, who plays for Manchester City, scored the winning goal for William’s team, which was the decider.

Also on hand was English-based Jamaican international Leon Bailey, who plays for Aston Villa. However, Bailey did not participate in the pickup match.

Jamaica’s track and field stalwarts Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah, who were also a part of the activities, had brief discussions with the Royals.

According to Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, captain of Jamaica’s bobsled team, it was an excellent experience to interact with William and Kate in the sled.

“Honestly, for them to come in right away and come right to the bobsled team, it meant a lot to us. We are a winter sports and only get fame every four years or when someone remembers Cool Runnings [movie].

“They hopped in the sled, asked us questions about the sled, asked us questions about the last Olympics, how we train and I told them about Jamaican culture and what it is to be an athlete here,” Fenlator-Victorian said.

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess, in the evening, experienced the cultural aspect of Jamaica, with a tour of Culture Yard, where they once again mingled with all.