What is your area of study?
Bachelor of Science - Neuroscience
What sparked your interest in sports?
I’ve played soccer all my life so I’ve always been used to a high volume of running so doing track just felt like a natural progression!
What excites you about sport?
I love the competitive spirit everyone has, even though you’re a part of a big team, there’s definitely an element of individualism. You compete with everyone, your teammates, rival runners and yourself all in one go!
Tell us about your proudest accomplishment in sport?
This season (January21-22), I competed for the first time in two years. I was able to run a personal best in the 60 meter race and also in my 300 meter race.
Who is your mentor or inspiration?
My mother! I talk to her almost every day about literally everything and she’s always encouraging me and ensuring I push myself to be the best I can be.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It’s a celebration of the ways in which Black people across the world consistently excel in everything they do regardless of the roadblocks and oppression they have continued to face for thousands of years! It’s a reminder of how resilient and driven we are despite the issues we are faced with.
What does it mean to you to be a Black athlete in university sport?
I feel like being a Black athlete in a university sport is a great honour. I feel like to an extent we represent others who might not have had the opportunity to do the same things as me just because of the fact that they are Black.
What words of inspiration would you share with young BPOC athletes?
Being Black or a person of colour is something to be proud of! Growing up in a place where sometimes there’s so few of us can really suck, but focusing on your craft and working hard in whatever you do helps make a space in which you can thrive and feel at home even if there are not many people who look like or have the same heritage as you.
What is one thing you wished people knew about you and your culture?
I wish people knew how unique it is in every aspect. There’s so much about being a Black person to be proud of and I really wish sometimes our culture isn’t made fun of because it’s different but rather celebrated for its uniqueness.
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