Added to the female team of bobsledders in PyeongChang, South Korea, Jamaica will be sending Anthony Watson to take part in the Skeleton at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Jamaica has never had a skeleton athlete at the Winter Olympics before but according to president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, Chris Stokes, the broadening of the disciplines that Jamaica looked at has brought about a bonus.
“Over the past several seasons we have revived the Skeleton program with the aim of broadening our participation in sliding sports and providing a more assessable, lower cost sliding option for a greater number of Jamaicans,” said Stokes.
Though noting the importance of the federation in getting another athlete to Pyeongchang, Stokes is cognisant of the kind of work Watson has put into becoming the first from his island to make the jump.
“Anthony’s qualification is as a result of tremendous effort and dedication on his part and we congratulate him and look forward to broadening and deepening Jamaica’s participation in the sport of Skeleton,” said Stokes.
Watson began pursuing a career in the skeleton five years ago, switching from track and field where he competed in the 100- and 200-metre events.
According to Watson, the idea of always giving of your best has paid dividends.
“I first want to give all the glory to God! This whole year has been a rollercoaster of emotions. If I can say one thing from this whole experience it is that I was always told that anything can happen so come prepared to give your best because you never know what the outcome will be,” he said.
The honour of the situation has not been lost on Watson either, the athlete saying he had always wanted to represent his country at the highest level.
“It is an absolute honour to make history as Jamaica’s first ever skeleton athlete to compete in an Olympic Games! This has been a dream of mine since I was six years old and I cannot express the surreal feeling of how humbled and excited I am to do my best for my country on the world’s biggest stage,” he said.
Just over a week ago, the team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree qualified for the bobsled event in PyeongChang.
Courtesy of: Sportsmax.tv