There will be high hopes that Jeneko Place will earn a spot on the podium when the Carifta Games are held here next year. *File photo by Ras Mykkal
There will be high hopes that Jeneko Place will earn a spot on the podium when the Carifta Games are held here next year. *File photo by Ras Mykkal

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Jeneko Place is one of Bermuda’s best young track stars. He’s already competed across the globe in the Junior Olympics and the World Youth Championships as well as bagging silvers at the Carifta Games.

The teen is a two-sport prodigy as he also does well in street bike racing at the Bermuda Motorsports Park at Southside.

There will be high hopes that Place will earn a spot on the podium when the Carifta Games is held here next year.

He had a highly successful 2010 where he not only won double silver at the Carifta Games, but he also won both Government’s and the Bermuda Sun’s Junior Athlete of the Year Awards.

Don Burgess spoke with the sprinter.



How did you get your start in track and field?

I used to race against my friend Leo Burgess in middle school.

What was your first Carifta Games like for you?

I didn’t know what to expect. I was kind of nervous, but I was also excited to represent Bermuda in St Lucia.

How important is it for you to do well when the Carifta Games is held here next year?

I am really going to have to train hard because I don’t want to be embarrassed on our own turf.

What’s your training schedule like?

I started training this week. I’ll be training Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

What was competing at the Junior Olympics like?

It was a lot of fun and very exciting. I got to meet a lot of new people and become friends and go out with them. It was a good memory.

What do you hope to accomplish in track and field?

I always want to come first. I want to be able to get a track scholarship and go to the Olympics.

What do you want do as a career?

I want to be a mechanic and open up my own business. I want to go the MMI – the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Florida. My uncle fixes bikes and he used to ride motocross and I like that. He’s been a big influence on my life.

There’s several track and field athletes who are into bikes. How does that help?

It just makes it fun to be around both (sports — track and street bike racing).

Which Bermuda track and field athletes do you admire?

I admire X (Xavier James) because he’s been through the same thing.

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