Q: What qualities do you possess that best enable you to be successful? A: I’m always disciplined. I listen to my coach and everything that he says. Petersfield High is an institution that has been gradually gaining traction for producing standout track and field athletes, with one such person being the sensational Shaquena Foote. The 2018 edition of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships was undoubtedly one that Foote will never forget, what with her winning both the 800 and the 1500 metres for Class Two girls. She is now in Class One, and the success is expected to continue. Why did you start doing track and field? I do track and field because it’s a lot of fun and I like doing it. Why did you specialise in the 800 and 1,500m? I found it very easy to do both events when I started attending Petersfield High School. Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement to date? A: Winning both the 800m and 1500m at Champs 2018. Q: How did you feel after achieving this feat? A: Well, I was very excited and happy for my performance. Q: What do you consider your greatest challenge? A: I sometimes feel very down if I am feeling pain at training or I am not getting things done to my satisfaction. Q: How do you overcome this challenge? A: Well, my coach talks to me and lets me know that everything is going to be okay. My coaches also motivate me to overcome my injuries. Q: What are the personal goals that you have set for this season? A: I would love to win any event that I participate in at Champs this year. I’m not really aiming for a specific time. Any time that comes, I’d be grateful for it. Q: Which athlete do you consider your greatest inspiration? A: Former St Elizabeth Technical middle-distance runner Junelle Bromfield. After watching her when I was younger, I always said I wanted to be like her because she’s very strong. Q: Who has supported you during this time and what is their impact on you? A:Well, my parents, my coach and some of my friends support me a lot. They have a very positive impact on me and push me to my limit. Q: What type of music do you have in your playlist? A: I like gospel music – Kevin Downswell – because he always leaves a very good impact on people. I like all of his songs. Q: Which is your favourite subject at school and why? A: Human and social biology because it teaches us about the body. I like studying about the body. Q: How do you balance your athletic life and your academic studies? A: It’s a bit hard because I go to a shift school, so I try to balance it as best as I can. I’m on the afternoon shift, so I go to training in the morning and then I go to school at noon, and after school, I will study if I don’t have training after school. Q: Do you have any other interests or hobbies? A: No, not really. I like to train and study. That’s just it. Q: What advice do you have for other students who want to achieve your level of success? A: I would advise them to just stay disciplined and listen to their coach – whatever their coach has to say. Just don’t be hype and just always keep focused and remember God all the time. My favourite scripture passage is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
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