Track and field icon Campbell-Brown bats for women's retainer contracts

Kingston, Jamaica - UNESCO Champion for Sports Ambassador, Veronica Campbell-Brown, has reacted with joy to news coming out of the West Indies Cricket Board that they have awarded retainer contracts for six female cricketers in the region.The double Olympic and IAAF world champion said such contracts were necessary for those involved in sports.

"It was with joy today that I read in the Jamaica Observer that the West Indies Cricket Board is contemplating awarding retainer contracts to the women cricketers in the region. As someone who has had the benefits from a retainer agreement, I can vouch for its necessity in the life of a sports person and surely the Stefanie Taylors of West Indies cricket are no exceptions."

Speaking "forcefully" in her UNESCO capacity, Campbell-Brown said: "Surely, the timing of this announcement is wonderful as the cricketers are preparing for the ICC Women's World Challenge in South Africa, so here's hoping the WICB will be gracious and generous to these ladies who are striving to project West Indies cricket to the sporting world".

The former Vere Technical athlete, who is a champion for women in sports, has won world titles at every level from youth and juniors through senior. Among her many triumphs was winning a gold medal at the 2008 Olympi Games in Beijing, China.