The news of the passing of Lynette ‘Granny’ Luces evoked feelings of sadness as well as reflection of someone who was a sterling exemplar of perseverance and persistence for not only sportsmen/women but for everyone.
The Hummingbird Gold Medal (2013) recipient and local running icon was a favourite among fellow competitors and crowds. For instance, during her UWI (University of the West Indies) half marathon races, it was not uncommon to see the crowd along the PBR (Prioirity Bus Route) rooting for her verbally and with applause. She was always appreciative of the support with her pleasant infectious smile and soft voice.
At my first competitive race in the 1990s, WASA 10k, at the first entrance into WASA at the corner of the EMR and Farm Road, Curepe, Granny (in her late 60s) quietly ran past me with ease while I was struggling to get to the finish line. It was an honour then and now to have been eclipsed by such a famous national sportsperson.
She has inspired me and I'm sure others over the years to keep at running as she demonstrated that age should not be a barrier. Granny successfully challenged an age-appropriate stereotype during her illustrious life as a female. She has paved the way for other females and males young and aged to realise their dreams whether in distance running or any other aspect of their lives.
Her overarching lesson is once good health prevails, the will to succeed backed by persistence and perseverance will yield desired results. Granny demonstrated that victory should not be solely measured in final position/time (albeit, important) but also by being able to complete what was started. This is a valuable lesson as it teaches about hard work as well as determination to constantly challenge ourselves to achieve our goals.
Granny's life will always be a memorable marathon. You have done us all a great service and your name and accomplishments will be forever etched in the sporting but national psyche. Rest in peace, Granny.