Training hard: X Factor Track Club member Tahirah Butterfield is looking forward to representing Bermuda well at the Carifta Games on April 6 to 9 at the National Sports Centre. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
Training hard: X Factor Track Club member Tahirah Butterfield is looking forward to representing Bermuda well at the Carifta Games on April 6 to 9 at the National Sports Centre. *Photo by Ras Mykkal

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 7: When Taahira Butterfield feels the need for speed, she laces up her runners and take to the track.

The young sprinter is looking forward to next month’s Lime Carifta Games at the National Sports Centre.

Ever since she got her start in the Telford Electric Mile, butterfield has been good friends with fellow sprint specialist Victoria Clarke.

She spoke with Don Burgess about running and the upcoming Carifta Games.


 

What was Carifta like for you last year?

It was a good experience because it was loud and exciting. I was nervous.

What does it mean for you to have Carifta in Bermuda?

I will come prepared to do my best to make my country and my track team proud.

Do you feel it will be easier competing in Bermuda or will there be more pressure?

It will be easier because I will have my family, friends and country to support me.

When did you start doing track?

When I was five I did the Telford Electric Mile and came in second.

When did you think you might be good at track?

When I was in Prospect Primary School, my gym teacher Mariam Smith pushed us to do everything.

What do you feel is your biggest track success?

Qualifying for Carifta last year because I got to experience how everyone else ran and see what I have to do to qualify for the finals. The last time I came fifth in my heat.

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

My mom (Devina Butterfield) told me to ‘Always do my best’.

Do you have a favourite track meet or race you like to do?

None really.

What’s the build up like been for Carifta?

It’s been really good. There’s not much competition so we really have to push ourselves.

What do you hope to accomplish with your running talent?

I’d like to get a track and field scholarship at college.

What do you like most about track?

Going faster and meeting new people. I met some friends from the Cayman Islands I’m looking forward to seeing at Carifta this year.

Is there someone who helps make training enjoyable?

Victoria Clarke. We’ve been running together since we were five and she helps me to do my best.

How supportive are your parents?

They support me a lot. They take me to my training sessions and track meets and my father (Kenwick Butterfield) comes to most training sessions and meets.

What other sports do you do?

Netball and basketball. I’ve stopped playing netball while I’m training for Carifta.

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