Jamaica entered the Commonwealth in 1962 and have taken part in almost every Games since their debut in London in 1934. The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica has won medals every time they have taken part in the Commonwealth Games.
Situated south of Cuba and west of Haiti the island is synonymous for its track and field exploits with stars such as Don Quarrie, Merlene Ottey; Asafa Powell (in Melbourne 2006) and, of course, Usain Bolt at Glasgow 2014. The 2006 and 2014 editions were Jamaica’s best ever Games performances, with a medal haul of 22 at both events.
In Delhi, triple jump gold medallist Trecia Smith became the second woman to win the prestigious David Dixon Award. This award is presented to the most outstanding athlete of the Games and is based on their performance, fair play and their overall contribution to their team's participation in the Games.
Jamaica's National Olympic Association (JOA) is responsible for their participation in the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games.