A star was born on March 25, 1920 in the quiet rural community of Plowden in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica. Arthur Stanley Wint is perhaps best known as Jamaica’s first Olympic Gold Medallist and has been profiles as such in his native island’s rich athletic history. However, little is known of the man who trained to become a Royal Air Force pilot and broke the Canadian 400m record while doing so; or the British trained surgeon who returned to Jamaica in 1963, eventually settling in Hanover as the only resident doctor and treating the poor for free; or the diplomat who was awarded the Order of Distinction, in 1973 and served as Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the UK.
In The Longer Run, Valerie Wint paints a vivid and rounded portrait of a father, husband, teammate and friend who always managed to remain humble in spite of his professional successes and personal trials. She gives readers access to the life story of an enigmatic figure who towered above most in stature but lived quietly as a gentle giant.
Almost 20 years after his passing, the story of Arthur Wint lives on and continues to inspire. It is a story of discipline, courage, determination and most of all, love for family and country.
- Table of Contents
- 1. Hero Worship
- 2. Childhood and Youth
- 3. Norma and ArthurA Love Story
- 4. The Incident
- 5. War Years
- 6. The Athlete
- 7. Wedding, Honeymoonand Early Marriage
- 8. Return to Jamaica 1954
- 9. Kilrea: Life in Northern England – The Emergence of Arthur the Family Man and Surgeon
- 10. Mona Heights and Lucea
- 11. The Diplomat
- 12. The Last Return Home
- 13. Last Days
- Arthur Wint’s Statistics