Robinson hopes to get on track for relay
LONDON, England – Young V’Alonee Robinson is another one of those first-time Olympians having the time of their lives here in this historic city.
Robinson, who finished third in the women’s 100 meters (m) at the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials, is a part of the relay pool for The Bahamas at these 30th Olympic Games. She is set to represent The Bahamas in the women’s 4x100m relay. The 20-year-old rising star is taking in everything the Olympics has to offer. On her off days, she said she has just been relaxing, walking around the Athlete’s Village and enjoying her first Olympic experience.
“This is a wonderful experience. This is the big stage for athletes and I’m just happy to be here. This is the Olympics – everything is big here. It’s a great experience and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” she said.
The former St. Augustine’s College (SAC) sprinter is one of the young up-and- coming sprinters in the country. She has a personal best time of 11.57 seconds in the 100m, ran this year at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Regionals. As one of the alternates on the sprint relay team, she could very well run the heats at these games.
The heats of the women’s 4x100m are set for Thursday August 9 at the Olympic Stadium, and the final is set for Friday, August 10.
“I’m a bit nervous but for me, it’s good nerves. It’s good to be here and represent my country at such a big meet. To know that Bahamians are here supporting us, and back home as well, it gets me even more excited to compete.”
With sprinters like young Robinson surging to the forefront, the future of Bahamian female sprinting appears very encouraging. She and other young female sprinters like Anthonique Strachan, Sheniqua Ferguson and Carmeisha Cox have big shoes to fill, with the ‘Golden Girls’ setting a very high standard. But these young speedsters certainly have the potential of living up to that legacy.
“I think I’m really coming along as a sprinter. I’m happy with my progress,” said Robinson. “I have targets that I have set for myself in the future, so hopefully I can achieve them. You will definitely be hearing more from me.”
That same confidence has garnered Robinson a spot on this year’s Olympic team. She has always believed in her ability, and now, others are starting to take note as well. The Auburn sophomore trains under the watchful eyes of Bahamian coach Henry Rolle. She’s hoping to really make an impact on the collegiate scene next year.
As for the London Olympics, she said that she just wants to get on the track. The Bahamas’ women’s 4x100m team qualified in the 15th of 16 spots for these games. There’s no doubt in the minds of many though, that once the right pieces are in place, they can qualify for the final and give a good account of themselves once they get there.