Barbados: Read here about Jasmine Hurdle- young athlete performs well in NAPSAC

Jasmine Hurdle from Barbados is a promising young athlete from the Christ Church Foundation School who unfortunately did not get to compete in what would have been her first BSSAC experience this year

Barbados: Read here about Jasmine Hurdle- young athlete performs well in NAPSAC
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Barbados: Jasmine Hurdle from Barbados is a promising young athlete from the Christ Church Foundation School who unfortunately did not get to compete in what would have been her first BSSAC experience this year.

Barbados Children Directory stated that Jasmine started running around the age of four when she attended the Arthur Smith Primary School where she competed in school sports every year and by the age of seven Jasmine displayed noticeable talent in track events.

In her first appearance at the National Primary School Athletic Championships (NAPSAC) Jasmine won the under-7 division title in the James Wedderburn zone and at the NAPSAC finals that year. She went on to claim the under-9 division title the next year in her zone and she also won the under-9 girls’ 80m dash at the Joseph Payne Memorial Classic in 12.55 seconds that year.

With the intervention of covid young athletes like Jasmine missed out on two years of NAPSAC and sports training and by the time sports resumed, Jasmine had entered Christ Church Foundation School (CCFS) where she jumped right into sports while maintaining a good balance in her academics and making the Principal’s Honour roll on two occasions.

Before she entered secondary school, Jasmine trained with Jump Start Athletic club but she is now with Talons Club where she trains four days a week and was training for her first secondary school sports and her first secondary School Athletic Championships (BSSAC), but misfortunate awaited her.

During the eliminations at CCFC, she won the under-13 girls’ 200m and placed 2nd in the 400m but unfortunately she sprained her ankle and was ruled out of further competition causing her to miss her first BSSAC. The determined and talented young athlete is not disillusioned. Instead she is back into training and is looking forward to her next appearance on the track as she focuses on breaking records and putting her name on the athletic map in Barbados.

“I love to run and I want to break records. I like the 100m and the 200m but I can also run a 400m”, she told us, while also sending a message to girls who like to fight. “If you get involved in something that is good, like track, the training and fun you get from the activity would keep your mind off of stuff and make you feel better and do better”, she suggested.

Jasmine is ably supported by her ‘big brother’ Jabarry Hurdle who saw her potential in running from a young age and who encouraged her to get into track. “I was taking care of my little sister since we ‘lost’ our dad when she was only three months old and I was about 12. I did everything for her, she is my heart and soul and I look out for her”, he said, bringing tears to my eyes.

Jabarry is very proud of Jasmine’s achievements and as he is the father figure in her life, he pays careful attention to her talents and academics and with that kind of support from her brother, Jasmine has the backing that would keep her going after her goals.