The delay of the games really affects a lot of athletes mentally [but] I personally don’t think it will affect performance because track and field athletes are extremely adaptive and will be able to overcome this.
Professional Track & Field Athlete
My journey began in 2013 when I moved from Jamaica to Canada, which is when I met my first coach who really believed in me and who told me I had the potential to be one of the best in the world one day. A typical day for me is getting up at and seven AM getting breakfast, then I get ready for a morning track workout and then I take a break and go back in the afternoon to do a gym session.
When I first moved to Canada I was living in Kelowna and ran for Rutland Senior Secondary School but I never really took Track seriously. My first big competition was the 2017 Canada Summer Games, but my career really took off at the Canadian National Championships in 2018 where I had a breakout performance and consequently earned myself a Nike endorsement.
Obviously, as an athlete, you’re going to think about the situation differently than your average person. We all think we are superheroes, and nothing can harm us but unfortunately, it comes down to saving lives and not just thinking about ourselves. With the games being pushed to 2021 it just gives me the opportunity to improve.
The delay of the games really affects a lot of athletes mentally, and specifically, all the athletes that are at the peak of their careers and those that are at the end of their careers but for an up and coming athlete like myself this really gives me the opportunity to refocus and continue to get better. Having only begun to take my Track career seriously in 2017 at the Canada Summer Games, I’m still in the very early stages of my career.
I recently moved from British Columbia to Florida to make the most of my extra time before the Olympic trials in June by training with some of the world’s very best like Aaron Brown. Athletically at 25 years old, I’m at the beginning of my peak and I know this training will help me expedite my development and prepare me to have the best chance at making it to Tokyo next summer.
I personally don’t think the delay will affect our performance at the 2021 Olympic Summer Games because track and field athletes are extremely adaptive and will be able to overcome this pandemic.
Yes, I really think that’ RBC training ground really helped me elevate my career onto the next level. I think it is something every young and up and coming athlete should do. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of 30 young athletes in 2017 to be funded by the program and after getting my Canadian citizenship in 2018, I am now focused on the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympic Games as a member of the Canadian National team.
While many athletes train their whole lives with the dream of competing at the Olympic Games in their sport of choice, Jerome Blake’s decision to pursue his Olympic dreams came just 3 years before the 2020 Olympic Summer Games were scheduled to happen. And, as he mentioned, that means the delay of the games may actually be an advantage for him over more seasoned athletes who are currently amidst their best competitive years and those who are nearing retirement. I think that with an extra year of preparation we can expect some immerging stars at the now 2021 Tokyo Summer Games. Best of luck to Jerome and all the up and coming athletes looking to make it to their first Olympics next summer!