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Based on her track record as a schoolgirl, Schillonie Calvert might have dipped under the 11.00s barrier long ago if it were not for the hamstring injury that has dogged her since 2006. On her long road back to recovery, the 23-yr-old worked her way to a personal best of 11.05secs in 2011, placing her name on the watch list of head turners in 2012.
Calvert knows well what injuries can do to an athlete. She has blogged that “if you ask any athlete they will tell you, it is one of the most difficult experiences. It sets you back and you have to be mentally and physically strong in order to recover. Hence it may cause your career to come to a sudden end.”
But hers was still alive and kicking in 2013, when as the third leg runner on Jamaica’s 4×1 relay team, she copped her first World Championships gold medal and wrote her name in the record book as part of the team that beat the USA and set a new Games record. In 2012, she collected silver for her participation in the 4×1 heat at the London Olympics after the final four women took second place behind the US.
The 2006 Central American Caribbean junior sprint double champion, from Salt Spring, Montego Bay, has also blogged that running track has helped her develop a positive attitude toward life, as well as helped make her become more competitive, respectful, dedicated, disciplined and committed.
And all of the above she is, for as professional who has to make sacrifices to keep her job, she sometimes feels like quitting. Yet she continues working towards her potential and optimal level because she believes she will shine brighter one day.