On the run: Dage Minors is looking forward to Carifta in Bermuda as he expects a large contingent of residents cheering on local athletes. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
On the run: Dage Minors is looking forward to Carifta in Bermuda as he expects a large contingent of residents cheering on local athletes. *Photo by Ras Mykkal

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Dage Minors could have chosen football. He could have picked cricket. But he decided to pursue his dreams in track. The talented middle distance runner represented Bermuda internationally in three sports before following his track path.

At just 15, he is now based in the US. Minors has competed at two Cariftas for Bermuda, coming away with a bronze medal this year in the 1,500 metres.

He likes running longer distances because of the mental and physical toughness those events require.

Don Burgess asked the aspiring track star about next year’s Carifta Games in Bermuda and what his future goals are.

How did you get into track and field?

I began participating in track and field when I was a student at Francis Patton Primary.  I represented my school at all events and always did well. 

When I went to Clearwater Middle School and CedarBridge Academy I continued to represent my school and enjoyed the success I was having.

My father encouraged me to do track and field and push for something different.

Why do you do the event(s) you do?

I like to run long      distances because they test your physical and mental toughness.

When did you think you might have a talent at track and field?

For about five years I was involved in football, cricket, track and Jiu  Jitsu (Jiu Jitsu helped with my endurance) and I had to juggle all of these sports  because I enjoyed them all.

I represented Bermuda nationally in football, cricket and track. I realized I had a talent in track and field in my last year of middle school.

I decided to go with track because whatever my results were they would be because of me and nobody else.

I still like team sports but mainly for recreation.

What was your first Carifta like for you?

My first Carifta was a serious eye-opener for me on the ‘real deal’ of track.  It made me realize that this is a way of life and should be taken seriously.

What does it mean to you to have Carifta in Bermuda next year?

Carifta in Bermuda is a wonderful thing as the whole island can come out to watch Bermuda’s best young athletes and give them the support they need.

The best part is that we will outnumber the other islands as far as spectators go and a supportive crowd will make a difference to our Carifta team’s success and performance.

Which Bermuda track and field athletes do you admire and why?

I admire Aaron Evans above all local athletes.  Aaron is a fighter who takes his running seriously but also enjoys it. Watching his track career gives me inspiration to do well.

What’s the piece best of running advice you ever received and who was it from?

The best pieces of running advice were from my father who tells me when the going gets tough the tough get going, to run my own race and leave it all on the track and no pain, no gain — you have to hurt!

Which international track and field athletes do you admire and why?

I admire Matthew Centrowitz from America who came third at Worlds this year as a junior in college.

What do you want to do with your track ability?

I would like to go to college on a full scholarship and after that try to make it pro but whatever I do I don’t want to have any regrets. 

The Olympics would be the dream of a lifetime but I always remain realistic about these things. 

What do you want to have as a career and why?

I am still thinking about my future career plans and I have a few ideas in mind. 

But whatever choice I do make at the end of my education I know it will have something to do with athletics.

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