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THEY ARE both from Trelawny. Nor­man Peart is from Schaw­field, and Us­ain Bolt is from five miles away in Sher­wood Con­tent, and both at­tended Wil­liam Knibb Memo­rial High School in the parish.

Peart did not take his ath­letic in­ter­est be­yond high school, but their paths even­tu­ally crossed years later af­ter he grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (UTech).

With Bolt giv­ing clear in­di­ca­tion that he will end his ca­reer next year, Peart, who is busi­ness man­ager for Us­ain Bolt Man­age­ment Lim­ited, was asked by Out­look to share the story of their jour­ney to­gether.

“I was work­ing at the tax of­fice in Mon­tego Bay when our high school prin­ci­pal called me ask­ing if I would come and help with the sports pro­gramme. I said no be­cause of my sched­ule, but she called again with more de­tails,” Peart re­called in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Out­look.

“We have this lit­tle one and we think he can get a schol­ar­ship,” the prin­ci­pal said, so Peart went for the meet­ing and, for the first time, laid eyes on some­one he fondly re­calls as a “long-foot boy”. “I was amazed at his height for a 15-year-old, but

I was told he is a good boy,” Peart, who is now Bolt’s busi­ness man­ager, said.

Af­ter meet­ing Bolt, Peart re­quested a meet­ing with his par­ents to see what the

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Bar­bara Elling­ton Nor­man Pear speaks to Out­look of his en­counter with a young Us­ain Bolt.

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