Former Barbados Olympian Marcia Trotman finished a strong race on earth by getting to know God and those who attended her funeral service this afternoon at the Wildey Gymnasium were encouraged to do the same.
The athletic fraternity came out in their numbers to pay their final respects to the outstanding athletics coach and a remarkable daughter of the soil who had the distinct honour of representing Barbados at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, at just 17 years old.
Those in attendance at today’s funeral were her colleagues from the National Sports Council dressed in pink and purple in her memory, young upcoming athletes from various primary and secondary schools, many of whom Trotman would have coached. There were also well-known faces such as former Olympian, Frieda Nicholls along with Kathy Harper-Hall, paying their final respects to Trotman, who was described as a remarkable individual who died at age 62 and left to mourn her three children Paula Herbert, Janelle Waterman and Damian Trotman.
Reading the eulogy, her son-in-law Christopher Waterman told mourners his mother-in-law was a caring individual who mothered many and would give her last if she had to. She was the type of woman that loved to dance, socialize and enjoy herself, he reminisced.
He said for a long time Trotman saw victory in God and during worship at the Fairview Church of the Nazarene, she expressed it.
“Life was not always a bed of roses for Marcia. Life was rough and cold to her sometimes and even though she had her weaknesses she also had her strengths. Marcia was the type of mother who not only mothered but also fathered her children and her sister’s children. Marica was my mentor and sometimes her words were harsh, firm and strong and some was also filled with jokes and as you all know she loved to dance. She was not the greatest dancer but she could dance all night to every song that played when we were out. But Marcia made sure she remained an example in her conduct, speech, the love that she expressed through her faith and in her purity to her children.
“When you see Marcia in church she loved to sing and dance and one of her favourite songs was count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done and God did something for Marcia for I noticed a change in her worship on Sunday mornings. There was something different about her worship. God had surrounded her with individuals who cared and she began to praise God and express her gratefulness to the Father God for who He is and for all that He had done for her life,” Waterman said.
There were several musical tributes including Fabian Als belting out No More Nights and Anika Browne singing I’ll Rise Up.
Delivering a tribute to her late teammate, two-time Olympian Nicholls recalled Trotman at age 17 being one of five Barbadian female athletes including Barbara Bishop, Lorna Forde, Heather Gooding and herself placing Barbados on the global track and field map at the 1972 Olympic Games. Nicholls said at that time Trotman was the first Barbadian to clock 24 seconds in the 200 meters and was rated among the top 50 runners in the world in the event in her era
Senior administrator at the NSC, Adrian Donovan, remembered his late colleague as a team player and a caring individual who was like the George Linton of cricket because she knew the name of every single child in track and field. Meanwhile, Richmark Cave, chairman of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship Committee on which Trotman served as meet director described Trotman as having been a highly respected individual and one dedicated to athletics. He said the Barbados team at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Games in 2018 would dedicate itself to winning the trophy in her honour.
In her final days, Trotman requested her death not to be mourned but rather that her life be celebrated and pastor at Fairview Church of the Nazarene Reverend Sylvan Payne reading from the book of Hebrew, Chapter 12, encouraged those present to make the transition as Trotman did to the Christian faith.
Payne said: “In this race everyone gets a gold medal, there are no bronzes, no silvers, there is only a crown of righteousness which has been handed to us. May we run like Marcia, run the race to win and obtain the prize and may we do so passionately and let nothing keep the pace of God, let nothing keep the pace of the faith. Marcia our deceased sister has left us a wonderful example that we can now follow.”
Trotman was laid to rest at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, Christ Church.