Olympic silver medallist Kerron Stewart will be joining a host of other top athletes at next month’s second annual Cayman Invitational track and field meet. It is at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 8 May.
Stewart said her strong faith in God has been a motivating factor in her life. She has seen a string of successes. Along with Jamaican compatriot Sherone Simpson, she tied for silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 100 metres and won bronze in the 200m.
Stewart’s success continued into the 2009 world championships in Berlin when she won silver in the 100m and gold in the 4x100m relay.
Her advice to youngsters is: “Trust your truth and be the best you can be, knowing that God is in control, because when it’s all said and done only you will be asked to give an account of your life.”
Stewart, 29 next week, said a strong faith could help overcome boundaries standing in the way of a young person fulfilling athletic dreams. While acknowledging every situation is different, she confirmed that focus was key to success.
“I believe in order to overcome anything in life you need the presence and guidance of God,” she said.
Stewart has been using Facebook and other social media outlets to reach her fan base.
“It’s important for your fans to know you and social media helps you to reach out to them on a wider scale,” she said. “I try to make myself as available as possible because I believe God has given me this talent to influence others in a positive way.”
And while she said her Christian faith has helped her, Stewart said she would not have achieved such success without the support of others.
“My mother has been the greatest influence on my career,” she said. “She has always been there.
“When the lights go out and things get hard she is right there,” she added. “My coach has also played a vital role – the man with the stopwatch and the workouts – as he has been guiding my career for the past eight years.”