Like many athletes headed to London, Ronald Forbes has had a hectic 2012.
Forbes, 27, started the year healthy and completed an indoor campaign, topped off by a spot at the world championships. He was honoured in Cayman by his native North Siders back in March and has been recovering from a foot injury that kept him out of May’s inaugural Cayman Invitational.
With the London 2012 Olympics about a month away, Forbes states his desire to reach the men’s 110 metres hurdles final.
“My coach Joey Scott has repeatedly told me that I have what it takes to make those finals,” Forbes said. “One thing that really stuck was right before my first round race in Daegu. There is no assigned parking spaces in track and field championships, no matter how good the others may seem.
“Those eight lanes for the finals all have a big sign over them saying “vacancy” and its a first-come, first-serve basis. I just have to visualize, trust in what got me there and execute to the best of my ability. The rest will take care of itself and I will compete like an animal. Those lines have been playing over in my head everyday since and it’s a good feeling.”
Forbes is currently based in Miami and is supported by strength trainer Monica Swasey and American training partner Antwon Hicks. While he missed out on Yohan Blake producing a time of 9.84 seconds in Cayman, Forbes states his heart rests with his people.
“I would just like to thank the entire Cayman Islands population for their relentless support. To all other athletes, young and adults, trying to make it to London, give it everything you have. The more athletes the Cayman Islands has at these Games, the better we will be and we will be setting a greater example to aspiring future generations.”