Fedrick Dacres – 1ST Place Sports
Our winner in the Sports category is a young man, 17 years of age, who has excelled in Track & Field, in events that are usually dominated by athletes much bigger than he appears to be. In 2006, at the age of 12 years, he started attending Calabar High School and did not really get involved in track other than doing a bit of long jump until September 2009, when the throwing coach at Calabar, Julian Robinson, saw something that made him invite this young man to join his program.
In just over seven months, this young man would win a bronze medal in the Class 2 discus at the 2010 ISSA Boys and Girls Championships. That same year he was selected on Jamaica’s team to the Carifta Games where he not only won the discus in the Under 17 age group but also set a new record with a throw of 52.99 m. In that year he was also selected to represent Jamaica at the Central American & Caribbean Games and also at the inaugural World Youth Olympics.
In 2011, he continued to show promise and this time he won a silver medal in Class 1 at the ISSA Boys & Girls Championships, losing out to an older team mate, also trained by his coach. After Champs he went on to become the Jamaican National Champion in both the discus and the shot put in the Under 18 category and he also took on the older boys in the Under 20 category and won silver in the discus.
The biggest International Athletics meet of the year at the Youth level was still to come, the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics in Lille, France and he was selected on Jamaica’s team. At this meet this young Jamaican created history as he won the discus with a world leading throw of 67.05 m which was also a National Record and became the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at a Global Athletic Championship in a throwing event.
He is thus the highest ranked World Youth Athlete for 2011 in the Discus event and it is even more amazing when you consider that this feat took him just two years from the first time he picked up a discus.
At Calabar High School, he has been an exemplary student, displaying good leadership abilities among his peers and he has earned the respect of the entire school community.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our winner in the category of Sports for 2011 is Fedrick Dacres.