SPORT: Track and Field (Long Jump)
Qualified for the Olympic Games 2016
Bermuda National Record holder for indoor
and outdoor long jump; World Championships
finalist (2015); 4th place Pan American Games
(2015); winner Rabat IAAF Challenge (2015);
Olympic Games finalist (2012); Olympian (2008
& 2012); gold medalist Central American &
Caribbean Championships (2010 & 2011); 5th
place Commonwealth Games (2010); bronze
medalist Central American & Caribbean
Championships (2008); bronze medalist NACAC
U23 Championships (2006).
>>HOW I GOT STARTED
I started in high school. It was out of my love
for this sport that I walked onto the track team
at the University of Missouri–Rolla after earning an academic scholarship, being the first
member of my family to ever attend college.
>>HOW I TRAIN
I train in cycles based on the time of year but
essentially, it’s six days a week with four of
those days also including a weight training
session. Two of the days are technical days for
the long jump.
As a power athlete, my diet is not super restricted.
It’s mainly high protein and low fat. I do cut out
sugar, alcohol, caffeine and soda.
>>HOW I GOT INSPIRED
My inspiration was twofold: a lot of it came
from people telling me that I was not a good
athlete. In high school, almost every coach
doubted my abilities due to my size. In college,
however, I was given an opportunity to jump
and I haven’t looked back since! My second
inspiration was watching Dwight Phillips win
the long jump gold in Athens.
PHOTO: SOFIA VAN DER DYS