Determination: Justin Donawa, who earned a bronze medal at his first Carifta, believes that the country should get right behind the Bermuda team when the games are held here. *File photo
Determination: Justin Donawa, who earned a bronze medal at his first Carifta, believes that the country should get right behind the Bermuda team when the games are held here. *File photo

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12: Justin Donawa says he got into track and field through the influence of Cal Simons who was his gym teacher at West End Primary school. In his first Carifta Justin found out just how tough the competition was but still manage to capture a bronze medal.

Don Burgess asked the 15-year-old Justin how he got interested in track and field and what he hopes the future holds for him.


Which international track and field athletes do you admire and why?

I admire Teddy Tamgho. He’s a French triple jumper. I like his style and his enthusiasm as he begins to jump; he pysches himself up for the event.

What do you want to do with your track ability? (College scholarship, Olympics, see the world?)

It would be nice to go to do all three of those things you’ve mentioned. But I’ll just have to work hard. And see if it pays off.

What do you want to have as a career and why?

I don’t really know what I want to have as a career. But I hope in the very near future, I know what I want to pursue.

I think that I got into track and field through my gym teacher at West End Primary School at the time Cal Simons who was and still is the head coach of the Bermuda Pacers Track Club.

Why do you do the event(s) you do?

I do long jump and triple jump because I enjoy it. I look forward to training and competing in these events.

When did you think you might have a talent at track and field?

I can’t really remember. But I feel that in primary school my parents and Mr Simons realized that I could do well in track and field, and therefore sent me to run with Pacers.

What was your first Carifta like for you?

My first Carifta was an excellent experience. Going for the first time, I didn’t know exactly how fierce the competition was.

But I soon found out that Carifta was the real deal. Capturing the bronze in that event was a very proud moment for me and also my country.

What does it mean to you to have Carifta in Bermuda next year?

It means a great deal to me and should mean a lot to my teammates and Bermuda as a whole.

We as a country have to support our athletes to the fullest while the athletes proudly compete for our island of Bermuda.

Which Bermuda track and field athletes do you admire and why?

Even though my father isn’t a track runner anymore, I still appreciate what he did in track and field in Bermuda. He has been to university abroad for track and field, he has held junior and senior national records in Bermuda, and he has travelled to represent Bermuda in the Carifta Games. All these feats amount to what track and field athletes in Bermuda should look forward to doing in the near future. That’s why I admire my father Jay Donawa.

What’s the peice best of running advice you ever received and who was it from?

I would say that throughout my career so far, everyone who supports me (friends, family) have always told me to do my best and try my best in everything I do.

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