“To each his own!” is a common saying. It is a saying honouring the idea that we strive in different environments and contexts. So let’s take off the suit and tie, shall we? But is that enough? Hardly so. We also need role models to explore and show what is possible. Athletics holds youthful expectations. We recognize the role of those who have had their destiny run and have their record to show, like retired Jamaican track and field athlete Usain Bolt.
We need more who keep moving forward with their own destiny run. Here is where we have recently been able to exclaim Ahye! Ahye! Ahye! Trinidadian track and field athlete Michelle Lee-Ahye became the first woman from her country to win a Commonwealth gold medal at the 100m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Ahye has been showing dedication and consistency. She placed sixth at both the 2017 Championships in London and in the Rio Olympics.
She really took the world stage in 2014 when she ran her personal best of 10.85 in a 100m, won twelve (12) of thirteen (13) races and was ranked third (3rd) in the world by Track and Field News. Ahye was also the victor in track and field meets in Guadeloupe, Paris France, Switzerland and Ponce Puerto Rico. Also in September 2014, Ahye placed second at the Continental Cup in Marrakech Morocco.
Who knows who her mentor was? Ahye’s mom noted that her daughter had an interest in sport as early as seven years of age. Athletics holds youthful expectations. Could we imagine a seven-year-old searching high and low to find a sporting role model with no success? Thankfully, she did, and now today, as did Usain Bolt, Ato Boldon, and many others before her, she too is on her destiny run.
Michelle-Lee Ahye’s destiny run began in the city of Port-of-Spain where she attended the primary school within her Carenage community. It was her physical education teacher who discovered her talent, no doubt realizing then that athletics held youthful expectations for that little girl. The rest, as they say, “is history”
As we carry on with our Caricom business it is becoming more and more obvious that our business, if we are to keep forging forward as a region, goes far beyond the boardroom. Hence, the reason we have taken some time at The Caribbean Current to recognize that athletics holds youthful expectations. Michelle-Lee’s mom has noted that her daughter inspires her nieces and nephews with an interest in sport; sure enough like Bolt, Ahye is inspiring much more than those within her immediate circle. We too continue to look forward to more from Ahye and those yet to come. After all, athletics holds youthful expectations.
By Kerriann Toby
Kerriann Toby holds a Master of Counselling and Bachelor of Psychology. She is a dynamic therapist, trained mediator; and educator since 2000. In addition to being a trained educator, mediator, and therapist, she is a certified Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Professional. Kerriann has also trained in cyber counseling and holds clinical registration with Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) & Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
In mid-October 2015 she initiated operations of KarryOn geared toward the provision of a variety of enhancement and developmental services for the individual, groups and the organization; e-Coaching/Counseling, Mediation, EAP Services and the creative presentation of psycho-social information. She can be reached at email@example.com.