Four years ago, Ronald Forbes was at the height of his abilities.
He finished fifth in the 110 meter hurdles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India before placing 11th at the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. While injuries have hampered his efforts since then, the North Side resident is gearing up for another top finish at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Forbes, who turned 29 in April, says he is motivated to run better for the Cayman Islands.
“I want to get ready for the Commonwealth Games and go to that competition to win,” Forbes said. “I had a good showing last time and I want to go beyond that. The feeling is great, training sessions have been going really good. I’ve been having great practice sessions with my track mates.”
The two-time Olympian opened his 2014 season at this month’s Cayman Invitational. He placed sixth out of six competitors in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.88 seconds. He was one of a handful of Caymanian athletes who took to the Truman Bodden Sports Complex alongside international stars like Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica and Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Among the most notable local participants were sprinters Tyrell Cuffy, David Hamil and Kemar Hyman – all of whom are competing for Cayman in the Bahamas this weekend at the inaugural IAAF World Relays. The trio join Rhymeich Adolphus and Troy Long in Nassau to compete in the 4x100m and 4x200m events under the guidance of national coach Kenrick Williams and team manager Ato Stephens.
From there, Cuffy is slated to be part of the Cayman team headed to Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3. Cayman is sending its largest team to date, with athletes represented across seven sports: athletics, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, squash and swimming.
Interestingly, Forbes says his plans to compete in Glasgow come after contemplating retirement.
“I’ve been through a rough time the past couple of months to say the least. A very rough time. But I’m back. I’m thankful for the chance to actually run again. Injuries is one of those things every track and field athlete can relate to. I thought they would take me out completely but God had other plans for me. I think about how you can go forward, not about what happened in the past.”