Webb spreads his talent

The CARIFTA Games are almost here
and Cayman’s best teenage athletes will get a chance to showcase their talents.

One of them is specialist jumper
Travis Webb, 17, whose slight frame belies his ability to leap far and high.

He is a medal favourite at the
CARIFTA Games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from 3-5 April.  

From his primary school days, Webb has
shown a tremendous gift as a natural athlete. Tall and rangy, he is blessed
with immense athletic potential and ability.

He opened his international account
with a third place finish in the Under-13 high jump at the Caribbean Union of
Teachers Championships in Jamaica.

This was followed by another bronze
medal placing in the U-14 high jump at the Central American Caribbean Age Group
Championships in 2005.

In 2006 he returned to the CUT
Championships in St. Lucia where he won silver the U-15 long jump and a bronze
medal in the high jump.

Webb made his CARIFTA debut at the
2007 Games in Turks & Caicos. He competed in both the U-17 jumps but was
outclassed by his older rivals.

He put that behind him in 2008
where in one of the most closely fought duels between the top four competitors
he emerged with the bronze in the U-17 high jump and narrowly missed a medal in
the long jump.

His medal at the 2008 Games was
Cayman’s only one at that year’s Championships. He went on to represent Cayman
at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games where he was a finalist in both jumps.

Last year was disappointing for Webb
as he failed to impress at the CARIFTA Games in St. Lucia as well as at the
World Youth Championships.

If the results were disappointing
his change of attitude was enthralling. The World Youth Championships revealed
to him that his natural ability was insufficient to guarantee him success on
the international scene.

It dawned on him that his training
regime had to undergo a fundamental revamping.

A newer, harder working, less
complacent Webb has emerged and for the 2010 Games over the Easter weekend he
has shown qualities of leadership, drive and commitment that have far surpassed
the expectations of most who have watched his development from his primary
school years.

At the CARIFTAs his maturity should
put him in the thick of the medal hunt in the U-20 long and high jumps should injury
not be a problem.