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