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Athletes' profiles 2017

Gianni Henry 

 Event: Class 3 800m & 1500m

School: Kingston COLLEGE
YL: What's your method of preparation before competition/training?
Gianni: To warm properly, "Get a little bounce in ma step". Music and laps around the field help a lot in this preparation, too, because I get to see how well I will perform and the improvements I need to make.
YL: What downfalls have you experienced throughout your athletic life so far?
Gianni: (LOL) I fell last year at Cooperate Area Champs in the middle of the event when I was competing with my brother. It was embarrassing but, honestly, it helped me to grow more and stay on my feet since then.
YL: Who has been your biggest rival since you have started on your athletic path?
Gianni: MY BROTHER!! ... (LOL) Definitely him. Right now he's ahead of me, so first, I have to defeat him and then I'm good. He even just beat me in an event we just did. (Smh) Soon, though!

Abigail Wilks

Event: Class 2 High Jump
School: Wolmer's Girls' School
YL: What is your routine before you engage in an event?
Abigail: I ensure that I have breakfast in the mornings. I prepare myself mentally to ensure that I don't get flustered. I listen to my coach as he instructs me and also I warm up effectively so, during an event, my muscles don't tighten up on me.
YL: How do you manage your training and schooling at the same time?
Abigail: Well ... I do schoolwork before training and I complete my homework when I get home. My coach makes it easy on me also to separate priorities, making division of time comfortable and hassle- free.
YL: How supportive are your parents when it comes to your athletic dreams?
Abigail: They are VERY supportive. They come to the track meets every Saturday, ensure that I'm fed, and ensure that I'm prepared mentally and not uncomfortable with anything. They encourage me to jump high, do my best and listen to [my] coach (LOL). 

Giovouni Henry
Event: Class 3 800m & 1500m
School: Kingston College
YL: Share with me a moment that made you push to want to do better in this year's championships.
Giovouni: Well, when I came fifth last year in the 1500m, that is where I started to train harder so that I can come this year bigger and better. Hopefully, all my hard work will pay off.
YL: Who are you eager to compete against in this year's line-up from your division?
Giovouni: Jumaine Briskoe, a member of my event team. Right now he is my main competition and, also from another school, I would have to choose David Martin from St Elizabeth Technical High School.
YL: What would a Champs victory mean to you?
Giovouni: It would really mean a lot to me, because I know I put in the work and I think I would deserve it; so, hopefully, my best will be good enough and I [will] walk away as a winner. 

Giovouni Henry
Event: Class 3 800m & 1500m
School: Kingston College
YL: Share with me a moment that made you push to want to do better in this year's championships.
Giovouni: Well, when I came fifth last year in the 1500m, that is where I started to train harder so that I can come this year bigger and better. Hopefully, all my hard work will pay off.
YL: Who are you eager to compete against in this year's line-up from your division?
Giovouni: Jumaine Briskoe, a member of my event team. Right now he is my main competition and, also from another school, I would have to choose David Martin from St Elizabeth Technical High School.
YL: What would a Champs victory mean to you?
Giovouni: It would really mean a lot to me, because I know I put in the work and I think I would deserve it; so, hopefully, my best will be good enough and I [will] walk away as a winner. 

Corlando Chambers

Event: Class 3 800m & 1500m

School: St Jago

YL: What has been your most disappointing moment so far, where athletics is concerned?

Corlando: I would have to say two years ago, in 2015, when I ran at Sagicor Champs and I came in seventh. I think I have gotten better since then, though. But I use that as a motivation to get better so I won't have to lose again.

YL: What's your method to compose yourself before a big event or just regular training?

Corlando: Well, I do laps around the track a few times to warm up and get my mind ready for my events. Also, I calm my mind by watching TV. Sometimes I also use music to get my motivation up.

YL: Who in your class are you eager to compete against in this year's championships?

Corlando: Well, I don't know their names individually, but I can say the schools that I want to go against are, of course, the top-ranked ones; Calabar, KC and JC.