Speed merchant: Victoria Clarke specialises in the sprints. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
Speed merchant: Victoria Clarke specialises in the sprints. *Photo by Ras Mykkal

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30: Younger than her brother Scott, Victoria Clarke believes she is the inspiration for getting him involved in track. The BHS student says its hectic juggling school work and the training schedule, but she’s determined to do well at both.

The sprinter is looking for to the Carifta Games being held in Bermuda next April and wants to do her country proud at the track and field festival.

She spoke with Don Burgess about the sport.

How did you become involved with track?

When I was younger I competed in the Telford Mile for a few years and I won it. I enjoyed it so I wanted to keep going with it. I had a lot of talent so I joined a track club and trained with them.

How much of an influence were you to getting your brother involved with track?

I think I had a lot of influence over him as he used to see me get all the medals.

What was Carifta in Jamaica like for you?

It was a good experience because it was my first one. I had been picked for another one but I didn’t feel like I was old enough or ready to do it. I met a lot of new people and got to see what it was like to compete internationally.

How do you feel when you represent Bermuda?

It made me feel proud, like I was doing something good for my country.

What would it mean for you to represent Bermuda at home in Carifta?

It’s going to be tougher because all my family and friends are here to watch me. I’m pushing harder so I can show them what I can really do.

How tough will it be to represent Bermuda in the sprints?

There’s not as much competition in the girls as there is in the guys, but I still have to keep my game up and stay on top?

Do you have any role models in track?

American Carmelita Jeter is a good 100 metre sprinter (and has won three gold medals at the World Championships) and Allyson Felix, she does the 100, 200 and 400. (Felix has won eight gold medals at the Outdoor World Championships and has one gold medal at the Olympics). I admire both of them.

What’s your training schedule like?

Hectic. Lately we’ve been training every day of the week, which makes it hard to juggle that and my homework, but I’m coping with it.

How important is it for you to make sure you keep your studies up?

If you don’t get good grades you won’t be the first option for some colleges. I’m trying to keep my grades up.

What do you hope to accomplish through track and field?

I want it to take me to a good college and eventually lead to the Olympics.