Valerie Wint is the eldest daughter of Arthur Wint, Jamaica’s first Olympic Gold Medalist. Her new book, The Longer Run: A Daughter’s Story Of Arthur Wint, paints a vivid and rounded portrait of a father, husband, teammate and friend, who always managed to remain humble in spite of his professional successes and personal trials. She gives readers access to the life story of an enigmatic figure who towered above most in stature but lived quietly as a gentle giant.
A star was born on March 25, 1920 in the quiet rural community of Plowden in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, and almost 20 years after his passing, the story of Arthur Wint lives on and continues to inspire. It is a story of discipline, courage, determination and most of all, love for family and country. While much has been said about Arthur Wint’s athletic accomplishments, little is known about the man who trained to become a Royal Air Force pilot, and broke the Canadian 400m record while doing so; or the British-trained surgeon who returned to Jamaica in 1963, eventually settling in Hanover as the only resident doctor and treating the poor for free; or the diplomat who was awarded with the Order of Distinction, in 1973 and served as Jamaica s High Commissioner to the UK.
This book tells the story, and it’s available online @amazon.