Last Saturday, Barbadian James (Jim) E. Wedderburn –– an Olympic bronze medallist –– was inducted into the New York University Athletics Hall Of Fame during the Class Of 2016 Matinee Induction Ceremony held in the grand Rosenthal Pavilion Hall of the Kimmel Centre in Manhattan, New York.
Wedderburn, who received the award before a 1,000-strong audience, including sports enthusiasts, alumnae and graduates, families and friends, and sportspersons, was humbled by the recognition.
“Forgive me. But I am more nervous than when I was running,” said an emotional Wedderburn. “I wish to thank everyone who helped me along the way. I see this as an unexpected opportunity that changed my life for the better. It is very humbling to received it now, especially at my age when not much is left.”
Wedderburn –– a member of the Men’s Track And Field, Class Of 1962 –– was inducted along with Jerrit Thayer (men’s soccer), Lauren Willock Wunderlch (women’s fencing) and Trevor Miele (men’s swimming).
The four-hour event featured video presentations of the inductees, annual student athletic awards and a reception.
Those attending the event in support of Wedderburn included family, close friends and Dr Cliff Bertrand, a New York University inductee and former Trinidad Olympian.