By: Sheldon Wright
Track and field super stardom has taken on a new level in female athletics, and it is incumbent for our readers to note, that Jamaica’s athletics seemed to have taken a rise in dominance by our females. Shelly-ann Frazer-Pryce who just recently broke another legendary Jamaican’s record of Merlene Ottey meet record at the 29th edition of the Atletica Mondiale 2015 meeting in Padua recently, running 10.98 seconds in a -0.8m/s headwind to take one hundredth of a second off Ottey’s mark.
This in some respect demands that she wants to keep up with her male counterpart and own her legendary status in her own right note only on but also off the track as well. A native from the community of Waterhouse in Kingston Jamaica has represented the notion that good can also come out of the places seemingly stigmatized with a bad reputation.
Defending her world championships 100m title almost seemed daunting, but we at FR Sports believed she had everything to continue to impress and blow the competition away at the World Championships in Beijing eclipsing her heroics like Usain Bolt. We at FR Sports have a few questions to ask of what drives her to super star performances.
Does Shelly-ann Frazer-Pryce feel she has to pressure herself?
Up to this point, there is no Jamaican or Caribbean female sprinter who can say they have proudly achieved the feat of being seven time world champion and double Olympic champion over the 100m. Yet, being that we live in a patrichial society, does she believe that she has to represent female achievement and dominance and equal the likes of top male sprinters such as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powel, and other top male sprinters. Or is it as she said in a interview with the Jamaica Gleaner in 2013, her impoverished upbringing and fear of losing everything that she has gained is what invigorates her spirit to achieve what no athlete has gotten.
Other than Veronica Campbell-Brown, there are no other female sprinters who seem to have the hunger that she has to keep dominating these major championships, or maybe is that the other females just don’t have that level of talent. Or will we see that in the fast improving Elaine Thompson who recently won the silver medal in Beijing, also of the Stephen Francis coached MVP Track club.
The true definition of a role model
The SFP Brand has been synonymous with a lot of things, powerful performances on the track, and an inspiration to children and young women off the track. With a budding business hair salon, she has created for herself a true empire and one needs to recognize this and respect her efforts to protect her brand and assets. Her management teams is really doing a great job and managing her to a high level and build a solid foundation where she can protect. When she decides to retire from the sport, it is FR Sports hope that she is able to stay on the top of the podium, and not let anything tarnish her legacy.
The ball stays in her court and who knows she may continue to transcend International Track and Field and make more appearances on world wide networks such as the Hip Hop music American channel BET.
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