Miller-Uibo gives back to primary school athletes
Bahamian sprint sensation Shaunae Miller-Uibo knows the importance of giving back, and she is doing just that, making a presentation of shoes and hats to some of the athletes participating in the 35th Annual Frank ‘Pancho’ Rahming National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships at the original Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The three-day meet wraps up today.
The donation is a joint venture of Miller-Uibo, her sponsor Adidas, and the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), and couldn’t have come at a better time as a number of young athletes were seen running without sneakers yesterday.
Miller-Uibo is currently not on the island but her parents Shaun and Mae Miller will make the presentation on her behalf today.
According to Shaun Miller, the hats will be given to each winner in the individual events and the winners in the relay events. He said the shoes will be given to athletes who are running barefooted or who appear to need new sneakers. If any of the shoes are left over, they will be given to the Family Island athletes.
“We did a similar thing at the high school nationals and we are doing the same thing again. It is just to try and give back – that is all it is. This is something she (Miller-Uibo) feels strongly about. She came through this track and field system, so through the coaches association, she partnered, and asked us to give these gifts forward to as many of the kids as we could,” Shaun Miller said.
Mae Miller said that it means a lot to Shaunae to give back to the youngsters.
“She looked up to someone when she was that age. It is just a matter of the kids looking up to someone to assist them and by them having that, you can find the next ‘diamond in the rough’. Once you give back to persons they tend to be more motivated into that sport and before you know it, you will be picking up two or more ‘diamonds in the rough’,” Mae Miller said. She added that it is good to give back because some persons may not have the funds to purchase the merchandise for themselves, but possess the ability and the talent, and by Miller-Uibo helping, that could be the motivational factor to help them excel.
When Miller-Uibo first started her professional career, she would go to the hospital and give out gifts to the children, and now she is continuing to give back to the sport and her country.
Miller-Uibo began sponsoring the Bay Street Mile in November of 2017. According to Mae Miller, all of the proceeds from that event go toward the Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches of which her father Shaun is the president.
As far as her 2019 season is concerned, Miller-Uibo has run one individual race so far this outdoor season. She clocked a blistering season opening time of 49.05 seconds in the 400m at the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Florida, on April 27.
Earlier, she ran the 4x200m in the Pepsi Florida Relays and she helped her team to a first place finish with a time of 1:29.25.
Miller-Uibo’s time of 49.05 seconds in the 400m is the second fastest of her career, and the fastest time ever recorded in the women’s 400m before June. She has a lifetime best of 48.97 seconds, done for the Diamond League title in Fontvieille, Monaco, last year. The 48.97 time was a new national record and a new Diamond League record.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism