Lynette “Granny” Luces proved that she is a force to be reckoned with as she ran onto the stage at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando to receive her Hummingbird Medal Gold from President Anthony Carmona on Saturday night.
And as the 85-year-old woman collected the award for her contribution to sports, she was joined by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who locked arms with Luces and jogged a bit right there on the stage.
Luces was among nine women who received national awards on the country’s 51st anniversary of Independence, which was for the first time hosted in San Fernando.
“I always had in mind to get a National Medal, especially when I am running in the foreign countries I do not run as Granny, I run as Trinidad. I always remember my country and I feel so happy to get this national medal. I always looked forward to this medal. I always tell my family I will like to get a national medal. I was shocked. I have intentions to run until I am 100 years,” she told reporters.
Chutney artiste, Ramrajee Prabhoo, was awarded the Hummingbird Medal Silver for her contribution to culture.
Dressed in a dazzling pink gown and tiara Prabhoo hugged and kissed Persad-Bissessar after her medal was pinned by the President.
“I am really happy. I want to say thanks to the Prime Minister for remembering the artistes who started from scratch. I started singing 30 years ago and being recognised for all the hard work and contribution it feels good,” she said.
The Chaconia Medal Gold was awarded to Madam Justice Margot Warner, a retired Justice of Appeal, Valerie Stephenson Lee Chee, senior Orisha Priestess and Pamela Nicholson, retired educator and politician.
Retired public servant Sita Dalkan-Pragg was presented with the Public Service Medal of Merit Silver. The medal for the Development of Women Gold was awarded to Pandita Dr Indrani Rampersad, Aileen Clarke, a public servant and Affieza Ogeer, president of the ASJA Ladies’ Association.