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School Visit: Edwin Allen


Chillin & Chips for Champs - School Visit 
Edwin Allen High School

Interview by: Sherie Ranston
Photos: Ryan Hohn 

 

Kimberly Williamson
18 years old
Class 1 - High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Favorite Grace Product: Hot & Spicy Sausage

It was while at school one afternoon in 2005 that Kimberly observed the school team practicing high jump and was immediately intrigued with this "cool" event. She confided in her P.E teacher who assured her she had the necessary height to tryout for the team. Kimberly admits to not being very good at first but persevered. She competed in Champs 2006 in the High Jump for Class 4. Whilst she failed to qualify, Kimberly had an opportunity to observe the top girls who dominated the sport and learnt from that experience. The following year Kimberly finished 3rd overall after repeating Class 4. Since then she has been progressively better with last year being the highlight of her career so far. Kimberly became The National Junior Record Champion, winning her fist gold medal at Champs earning also the second best jump in the history of the Penn Relays. This year Kimberly aims to make the World Junior Team and of course medal. This will be Kimberly's 7th year competing.

Saqukine Cameron
15 years old
Class 2 - 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage
Saqukine's aunt, a former athlete from Clarendon College and her father, who was no match for her aunt, would always run together. Sadly, her aunt was murdered before Saqukine was born but she feels she definitely inherited her running skills and passion for track from her aunt who trained with Sanya Richards also a former student of Clarendon College. Saqukine has been running from basic school but it was in Grade 4 her interest peaked and she became competitive. She has competed in various meets over the years and it was at local trials she was discovered. Saqukine has always had her eyes on Vere, but with an older cousin at Edwin Allen, she sat her examinations and was awarded a space there. This will be her 4th year representing Edwin Allen. Last year Champs was a disaster and disappointment for herself and her team, as they all expected her to dominate her event but she suffered a hamstring injury that resulted in her being pulled from the event. This injury further affected the dynamics of their 4x100m relay team which cost them valuable points and the blame was squarely placed on Saqukine. She admits to feeling devastated, embarrassed and detached from her team. Being stronger and more exposed to the scenes at Champs, her aim is to win the 200m for Class 2 and hopefully represent in the other events to secure crucial points for her team and redeem herself.

Shawnette Lewin
19 years old
Class 1 - 100m, 200m, 400m
Favorite Grace Product: Vienna Sausage

Shawnette was recruited by Coach Dyke in 2005 to represent Edwin Allen. In 2010, she won a bronze medal for the 200m for Class 2. In 2011 she made it to the finals in the 400m placing 7th overall, explaining that a hamstring injury occurring earlier during her training sessions affected her performance. Shawnette is hoping to stand out in both the 100m and 200m both being her favorite events. Her grandmother is her number one source of encouragement along with her aunts. This being her final year at Champs she hopes to secure a scholarship to continue track and explore a career in journalism.

 

 

Shellece Clark
13 years old
Class 4 - 100m Hurdles, 4x100m
Favorite Grace Product: Hot & Spicy Sausage

Shellece was first recruited by Coach Dyke to join Edwin Allen Team, but her mom wanted her to still do GSAT for the experience which she did and was successful in earning her space with the school. Last year was pretty good at local meets but not so at Champs. In the 100m, due to a poor start she fell to bronze position. Shellece failed to qualify in the hurdles and placed 6th overall in the 200m for class 4. She was still able to end on a high note as herself and her team placed 1st in the 4x100m relay at Champs last year. Still, she is very pleased overall, with that very first experience that facilitated the necessary exposure. Repeating Class 4, Shellece is coming harder this year to get the medal she rightfully deserves. "Go hard, or go home!" she says and promises Jamaica she is not going home without the gold. Shellece has pretty much the same plan going into the hurdles. She admires Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Veronica Campbell for their determination. Shellece is thinking of a future in business after completing her career in track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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