A Barbadian has been ranked among the 96 top academics and athletes in the United States for 2013.
She is 21-year-old Richelle Farley, the daughter of prominent Graydon Sealy Secondary School Principal, Matthew Farley.
The second-time recipient of the honour is a member of the K-State Wildcats team and is majoring in Public Health Nutrition at Kansas State University. Richelle, who recently added diatetics to her studies, was among nine Wildcats recognised for their combined efforts in their sport and in the classroom and named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team. She was the only Barbadian to receive this acclamation for the achievements in academics and her field of sport.
Richelle told Barbados TODAY this morning she was honoured for her performance in the 100 metre hurdles, which formed part of her specific track sport as a hepthalon athlete. With respect to the academic side, she gained her required 3.51 grade point average.
“I always try to be a balanced and well-rounded person,” she asserted. Richelle, who will be 22 years old on August 19, noted that the combination of academics and athletic reflected her desire to be balanced.
The Kansas State University graduate told this newspaper that having a balanced life was beneficial.
“When I don’t do good in one area, doing good in the other would balance out. If I don’t do good in one, I can draw confidence from the other which would help me to do better next time,” added Richelle.
She admitted that academics was her strong point. Stating that she wanted to become a school sports dietitian on completion of her academic studies, Richelle observed that the hepthalon was a seven-event discipline for which athletes had to be mentally prepared.
“You have to mentally prepare yourself…you are totally drained out afterwards. You have to eat well coming up to the two-day event. You have to eat breakfast and (constantly) hydrate,” insisted the outstanding athlete and academic. She said she hoped to get an internship in Kansas to start her career as a school sports dietitian, but would return to Barbados eventually to work.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided.
A student-athlete must also have participated in any round of the NCAA Division 1 Championships, including preliminary rounds. Richelle’s GPA was more than what was required. (EJ)