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Caribbean News – Caribbean Briton Olympian Inducted Into Derby Walk Of Fame

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. June 1, 2018: A British-Caribbean Olympic athlete has made history after becoming one of 10 people to be inducted into the first “Made In Derby” Walk of Fame in Derby, England.

Kingston, Jamaica-born Louis George Martin, MBE, considered one of Britain’s greatest-ever weightlifter, was inducted over the weekend posthumously.

He was from the Windrush generation and his family immigrated to England in the mid-1950s and settled in Derby, today the UK’s number one hi-tech city and home to many global brands such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier.

Martin began training as a body builder and went on to represent both Jamaica and his adopted homeland of Britain and won them several titles in the -90 kg competition.

His honors were as follows:

Olympic Games

Bronze medal – third place  1960 Rome         -90 kg

Silver medal – second place 1964 Tokyo        -90 kg

World Championships

Gold medal – first place       1959 Warsaw      -90 kg

Silver medal – second place 1961 Austria       -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1962 Budapest   -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1963 Stockholm -90 kg

Silver medal – second place 1964 Tokyo        -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1965 Tehran       -90 kg

European Championships

Gold medal – first place       1959 Warsaw      -90 kg

Silver medal – second place 1961 Vienna       -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1962 Budapest   -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1963 Stockholm -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1965 Sofia -90 kg

Representing  England

Commonwealth Games

Gold medal – first place       1962 Perth -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1966 Kingston    -90 kg

Gold medal – first place       1970 Edinburgh -90 kg

Martin died on January 16, 2015 at the age of 78.

His inclusion as one of the individuals chosen by Derby residents from over 300 submissions for induction into the Walk of Fame represents one more historic attainment for him.

His son, Dr. Richard Martin, who is Debry City’s assistant director of public health, said he and his wife were “still pinching ourselves” after hearing about the honor bestowed on his father, who died in 2015.

Dr. Martin described his father as “a lion of a man and a giant in so many ways.”

“He had intellectual and sporting prowess among numerous other qualities,” Jamaicans.com quoted him as saying.

The “Made in Derby” trail combines public art with computer-generated data that tells the city’s story through those individuals who made significant contributions.

Football management duo Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, actor John Hurt and Suffragette Alice Wheeldon, who was jailed for plotting to kill former British prime minister David Lloyd George in 1917, were also inducted. The star plaques have been embedded into the city centre’s Albion Street and Exchange Street.

 

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