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Barbadians backing Akela

RANDY BENNETT, [email protected]

Barbadians backing Akela

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BARBADIANS AREN’T JUST throwing their full support behind Akela Jones.

They’re throwing their wallets too.

The public’s response to the recent launch of Jones’ What Limit brand of T-shirts has been overwhelming, with the first batch of stock completely sold out.

Her sister, Irecka Louis, one of the organisers behind the initiative, told the SATURDAY SUN that a number of shirts which had been printed in black and white, had quickly sold out.

“We got a good response from not only people, but businesses as well. The shirts were in such high demand that we had to actually turn back people because we ran out of stock,” she said.

“I am elated by the response we received. We are pleased that not only individuals came and bought shirts, but I’m glad companies also threw their support behind the initiative and got involved,” she said.

She said that depending on Jones’ performance at the Olympics, more shirts might be printed.

Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley was among the hundreds of Barbadians who purchased shirts.

Barbadians from all walks of life proudly repped their shirts yesterday in support of Jones, 21, who took to the track for the start of the heptathlon.

Pauline Benjamin, the principal of Springer Memorial – Jones’ alma mater – was among those who took to social media to show off the T-shirts.

Staff of the Nation Publishing Co. Limited, as well as staff of Fund Access also posted pictures on  Instagram and Facebook, dapperly attired in their shirts. (RB)