Winning a title becomes that much easier when you have the support of a World Champion on the sidelines.
If you don’t believe me, just ask Lester Vaughan.
With World Champion hurdler Ryan Brathwaite lending his assistance, Lester Vaughan dethroned Queen’s College on their way to capturing their first ever Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships (BSSAC) boys’ title at the National Stadium this evening.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY while at the Stadium, Brathwaite is who back home training with coach Alwyn Babb, said he was pleased to lend his assistance to his former alma mater.
The 26 year-old who rose to international stardom when he won gold in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin explained that it was just his way of giving back to the school which helped to mould him.
“I’m here looking at the results and trying to see what are the mistakes that the athletes are making and how they can improve.
“Mr Babb is the head coach at the school, but I still think I can give the athletes who I train with like Rivaldo Leacock and Michael Nicholls advice and motivation to help them accomplish their goals,” Brathwaite noted.
“I’m not only helping the hurdlers though, as I train with all of them. Whoever wants to take in the advice and the pointers that I am willing to share, I am prepared to help.”
He said that having watched the Lester Vaughan athletes compete over the final two days of BSSAC, he was extremely impressed by what he had seen.
Brathwaite pointed out that he was especially proud of Leacock, who stormed to victory in record-breaking time in the Under-20 boys’ 400 metre hurdles.
He predicted that Leacock had a good chance of claiming gold at next week’s CARIFTA Games in St Kitts.
“I’m really happy for Rivaldo and I’m also very happy for Lester Vaughan. They really worked hard in training and they came out here and tried their best,” the champion hurdler maintained.
“I was really impressed with Rivaldo’s run in that 400 metre hurdles. I will have to look and see who his main opponents will be at CARIFTA, but I think he has the potential to win a gold medal.”
As for himself, Brathwaite said he was looking forward to competing at this year’s Pan American and World Championships competitions, as well as the 2016 Olympics.
He confidently stated that once he remained injury free, he believed he would be a force to be reckoned with on the international scene.
“I’ve been off the radar just working hard on what I think I need to improve. I know I will be the underdog back in this game, but I’m not worried about that.
“My main aim is to medal and run good times. I still think I’m good enough to compete with the best hurdlers. Once I can have an injury free year, I know I can be competitive,” Brathwaite assured.