When this Olympian took the wrong bus to get to his race, a kind volunteer helped him get to the right path.
Jamaican hurdler Hansle Parchment was worried he would miss the 110 hurdles final when he hopped on the wrong bus taking him to what he believes was one of the aquatic venues. That’s when he met a kind Olympics volunteer, Tiana, who helped him get back in time to compete, which then led him to win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I saw this volunteer and I had to beg, ‘cause of course she is not allowed to do much, and she actually gave me some money to take one of the taxis. And that’s how I was able to get to the warm-up in time and had enough time to compete,” Parchment said in a video he posted to Instagram, which ends with him meeting Tiana – after the Games.
Parchment thanked the generous volunteer, showed her the gold medal, paid her back the money she had lent him, and also gave her a Jamaican Olympic shirt.
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Now, Jamaica’s minister for tourism is intending to host Tiana on a trip to the Caribbean Island.
“No matter where in the world she is, we want to reciprocate the kindness shown to one of our own,” Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s minister for tourism, told the Sunday Gleaner.