Young talent: Quaashie Douglas braved Friday’s winter storm to come in second in the KPMG Front Street Mile Middle School Girls race with a time of 5:55.2. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Young talent: Quaashie Douglas braved Friday’s winter storm to come in second in the KPMG Front Street Mile Middle School Girls race with a time of 5:55.2. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

WEDNESDAY, JAN 18: Just 13, Quaashie Douglas has a bright future ahead of her in track. The Whitney student specializes in the middle distances and has already competed in one Carifta Games.

Last Friday she was the runner-up in the KPMG Front Street Mile for Middle School Girls.

Douglas had a plan to run hard and get out with the front pack and finish with a strong kick, a plan she executed well considering the terrible conditions on Friday night with high wind and torrential rain.

The young runner is part of a fantastic group of middle distance athletes in her age group who have bonded and formed strong friendships in their camaraderie.

Don Burgess spoke with Douglas about her sport.


What was it liked competing in your first Carifta Games last year?

It was a great experience and an eye-opener. It made me realize how much more training I need to put into running. I was excited and full of energy at the same time.

How long have you been doing track?

For about five years, I started track and field at Prospect Primary School. My gym teachers (Bill Euler and Miss Smith) discovered I had a natural talent in running. They encouraged my mom (Shannon Douglas) to put me into Pacers running club so I could advance.

What does it mean to have Bermuda host the Carifta Games in April?

It means a lot to me as my family and friends are here. I will try my best to represent Bermuda well.

What’s the best piece of running advice you have received?

My father (Omari Hart) told me to stay positive, have the right attitude and always do my best in everything I participate in. He also told me to always strategize my race.

What’s the best thing you like about running?

I enjoy running I want to get a scholarship. It makes me feel good because running can take me anywhere in life.

There are so many girls in the middle distance competing for Carifta spots, how does that help?

When I started running the 1500 I didn’t know how fast they would go and they started out fast so it made me push myself.

It’s good because I train with them and they help me to train harder. I can get better times in training and helps me to have a positive attitude.

How do you balance training with school?

I’m doing well in school so I’m proud of myself.

Which track and field athletes do you admire?

Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay because they go all out on the track. They run smooth and fast and it helps keep me motivated about running.

Who do you admire locally in track?

I admire coach Jarita Dill because she used to be a medalist in the 400m and got a scholarship to go to college and I want to follow in her footsteps.

What do you want to have as a career?

I want to have a career in insurance and the international business sector because I find it interesting.

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