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Chasing Champs | Tyrice Taylor: Focussing on success

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:13 AM
Tyrice Taylor (right) from Enid Bennett High School (Bog Walk) competes with Kevoy Venson of Calabar in the Class Two boys 800m  at the G.C. Foster Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 11, 2018.
Tyrice Taylor (right) from Enid Bennett High School (Bog Walk) competes with Kevoy Venson of Calabar in the Class Two boys 800m at the G.C. Foster Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 11, 2018.

Hailing from the Enid Bennett High School in St. Catherine (formerly Bog Walk High), the smooth-running Tyrice Taylor was a picture of calm and composure, as he raced to victory in the 800m Class Two Boys final at last year’s edition of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletic Championships. Now a year older and more experienced, Taylor sits and speaks with us about the story behind the person.

Q: Why did you start doing track and field?

A: Because it’s the sport that I loved from basic school growing up.

Q: Why did you specialise in your event?

A: Because I saw that I was really stronger at this event

Q: What do you consider your greatest challenge?

A: I don’t feel that anything challenges me from I put in the hard work. I guess we all have challenges, but it’s who handles it the best. Things like training, school and other competitors I think.

Q: How do you overcome these challenges?

A: By just staying focus and train hard.

Q: What are the personal goals that you have set this season?

A: To just have a PB and keep focussed. My time will show at Champs. I won’t say right now (laughs)

Q: Which is your favourite subject and why?

A: My favourite subject is English because I learn to capitalise on words and how to speak more fluently.

Q: What are your plans after school?

A: To be a national athlete and to compete at my best.

Q: Do you have any other interest or hobbies?

A: Yeah, to be a soldier or doctor or anything that God has in plan for me. In my spare time, I chill and talk to my friends, play games and other stuff.

Q: Which athlete do you consider your greatest inspiration?

A: Now? In high school I’d actually say Christopher Taylor. Because watching him competing and achieving his goals is a big inspiration to do well.

Q: What qualities do you possess that best enables you to be successful?

A: Hard work and dedication

Q: Who has supported you during this time and what is their impact on you?

A: My coaches, my friends, my family and the teachers at school.

Q: How do you balance your athletic life and your academic studies?

A: I actually study at nights and I also study when I have free time in school.

Q: What advice do you have for other students who want to achieve your level of success?

A: Well I’d just say to just keep focus, keep training hard and keep striving for excellence.

Contributed by: Gregory Bryce