American 100m hurdler, Kristi Castlin Friday interacted and instructed leading local junior
athletes at a Meet of Champions event that the United States Embassy in Georgetown organised at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Ground.
After inspiring the athletes through a motivational talk, Castlin demonstrated many tips that can improve the mostly sprinters present. She went through the paces of starts, acceleration and other areas of sprinting with the male and female athletes.
She even urged enthusiasts and supporters present to continually back the athletes, who ran some races, during their competition. “A large part of being successful is giving support,” Castlin said, urging those present to support the athletes as they compete.
“When I am at track meets, my mother is the loudest. These kids need you to support them and if you cannot be loud, you cannot go on a plane to Rio,” she said, in a direct reference to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She stated that support may “not be important to you, but it is important to them”. Castlin’s aim was get the small crowd involved in athletics. Following her encouragement some exhibition races continued at the venue.
Deja Smart sprinted to a 100m female win ahead of Jevina Sampson and Tirana Mitchell while Kevin Abensetts won the male race ahead of Travis Belgrave and Quacy Simpson. There were also male and female 400m exhibition races.
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