ST GEORGE’S, June 21, 2015 – For many young talented athletes the dream of representing their homeland, becoming a professional athlete and winning a medal at an International Track and Field Meet is a constant one which many eventually succeed.
For eighteen (18) year old Clint Joseph this is a goal that he is working towards on a daily basis and may realize his dream not too long from now.
Former student of the St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) and now a junior at the Wingate Educational Campus in New York, Joseph spends his time focused on the High Jump Event but also competes in track events.
“I wasn’t good at it in the beginning, but thanks to my coaches Wayne McSween and Chad DeCoteau I was able to learn the proper techniques to be a better High Jumper” said Joseph to Spice Isle Sports Review. “There are many times that I wanted to give up but I continued because of the motivation given to me by my team mates from ACE Track Club and SAASS.”
However, the main motivator for Joseph is his mom who he says has always encouraged him and believed in him when no one else did.
The task of managing school and athletics is a difficult one but the young athlete says with the help and advice given to him by school coach Gerline Morency and coach back home Wayne McSween, he has been able to balance both.
In December 2014, Clint Joseph competed at the Public Schools Athletics League (PSAL) Indoor Track Meet where he won the High Jump, eclipsing the old mark of 1.55m and setting a new record of 1.95m.
His success continued in January 2015 when he won the High Jump at the Knight Time Invitational with a height of 1.88m and later went on to win gold again at the Dewitt Clinton Track Meet in March with a height of 1.95m.
He is currently ranked third in the High School Division for the NYC City Championship following third place finish in the NYC City Championship (1.94m) and first place in the NYC Mayors Cup (1.97m)
The young jumper has now qualified for the PSAL Indoor Championships which will be held in September.
Joseph says “the strong determination that I carry helps me stay focus because in order for me to make it to the next level I must put in the hard work.” “Every time I step on the track now I know that I’m not doing it for myself only but also to make my mom proud.”
Clint Joseph is coping with a slight knee injury at this point but is expected to compete in the High Jump and Triple Jump at the 49th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held in Jacksonville once the green light is given. He is also hopefully of dawning himself with Grenadian colors at regional and intentional events whenever the opportunity becomes available.
His plan on completion of High School is to enter College and if his dreams of becoming a professional athlete does not materialize, he hopes to become a Level 5 Olympic Coach.
Not many young Caribbean athletes get the opportunity to pursue their dreams in sports internationally but Clint Joseph hopes that his achievements thus far will help motivate them to take that chance.