Ronald Forbes is taking a well deserved rest before he resumes training. After all his excursions of the last year, nobody would begrudge him that.
Not only did Forbes compete in the 110 metres hurdles at the Beijing Olympics, he also graduated from university in Florida as well in May.
Actually for the past decade the 23-year-old from North Side has been working his body to its limits so it’s no wonder that he is exhausted.
‘I had a painful injury on the right side of my right foot which was really hurting,’ Forbes said. ‘With the training and competing the over use was killing it. But now I’m having a complete rest the pain and swelling has subsided.’
Forbes, along with fellow Olympians Cydonie Mothersill and the Fraser brothers, Shaune and Brett, was honoured with a special dinner at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday.
It was hosted by the government and the announcement Forbes was happiest to hear was that he has now reached elite athlete status and will get funding to train full time.
‘Everyone says I don’t have to worry about money now, but I’m not even sure how much I’m getting,’ Forbes said. ‘It just means I no longer have amateur status.
‘When I was in school was representing it but I’m out on my own now and considered a full-time pro.’
Forbes really came of age in Beijing, running fast enough to get into the second round and just missing out on qualifying for the semis.
‘My Beijing experience was a one in a lifetime kind of thing. I took away a lot of memories from that, not just me being the flag bearer but also being a first time competitor and the only track male competitor at the Games.
‘The Games was a spectacular experience, with a highly charged atmosphere. There was a lot of media coverage and lot of TV time behind it.
‘Besides all of that the race was spectacular. The first race went really well although I was injured. Certain things were not where I wanted them to be in Beijing but seeing that I did come away with a personal best in the first round was satisfying.
‘In the second round when I didn’t make it to the semi-finals, it was kind of disappointing but seeing that I made it so far in just one season was pleasing.
‘I’ve just got to basically correct all the mistakes I did and it’s over I start back training for the World Championships next year and the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and so on. I’m just going to try to go about my race in the most professional manner that I can to try to lower those times.
‘I don’t want to just be a normal competitor in a race but one of those that you have to look out for.’
So what’s he going to be doing for the rest of the year? ‘Just resting! Practice starts back on October 1 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports and I’ve got until October 10 to start there.
‘We’re still in the process of tying up where I’m going to get sponsorship but hopefully it will come through before we get too deep into practice.
‘The plan is to do the indoor season but I don’t think I’ll be concentrating on it too heavily. I think I will run several indoor races just to get me prepared for the outdoor. My aim is not just to the world championships but also to be one of the top competitors there.