In her John Gray school uniform and
black-rimmed specs, Chantelle Morrison looks like any other unassuming
schoolgirl. But don’t let appearances fool you, this girl is possibly the
fastest 16-year-old in the world.
She beat the best in the Caribbean
at the CARIFTA Games over the Easter weekend in the girls’ 100 metres Under-17s
at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
It was Cayman’s only medal at the
meet so was extra special and must have pleased her coaches Kenrick Williams
and Tyrone Yen who have predicted for years that she will one day be a world
A chance of double gold was thwarted though
when a hamstring strain pulled her up at the line in the 200m semis.
Rest and physiotherapy is solving
the problem and the youngster is upbeat about resuming training and competing
“I had a little bit of doubt in the
100m but thought I could do it,” Morrison says. “I didn’t celebrate until I’d
crossed the line because I wanted to make sure.
“I could have gone faster in the
final because I ran faster in the semi-finals.
“Everybody is still really excited
for some reason! My friends were congratulating me. My phone was going crazy. I
don’t even remember what my mum said, I was so excited. Even my little sister,
Ashley, who is five, said she wants to be like me.”
She is due to compete in the Junior
Olympics in Singapore in August. In the meantime she will be watching on as her
friends compete in the May Day meeting at Truman Bodden from 9am Saturday.