LIMA, Peru – Elite 400 meters hurdles specialist Jeffery Gibson was elected as the athletes’ representative during the recent Bahamas Association of Athletics Association (BAAA) National Championships, staged in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
He values the role. This was evident, when following a fourth place finish in the hurdles final last Thursday in Lima, Peru, at the 18th Pan American Games, his disappointment in not collecting a medal was quite obvious yet he became upbeat to discuss his future plans as the representative for the active athletes.
“Yes, we can do some important things together and I’m up for it,” he said at the outset while still breathing heavily from his effort at the National Stadium. He sent out a message to his colleagues.
“I say to all of them, whatever their level, to keep working at their particular event(s). Sit down and think about your goals. Write them out and then make a plan, make a year’s plan. This is so that you can try and picture yourself at top events…visualize. My focus, as the athletes’ rep, is to be available to help them all along the way, the junior athletes, senior athletes, college athletes, help them make it to these kinds of events, eventually,” Gibson added.
“Whatever information they need regarding their development, and so that they can make their plans properly, I will seek to provide them,” Gibson said.
Right out of the blocks, so to speak, he appears to be taking his athletes’ representative role very seriously indeed, with the objective to heighten the concentration on athletes and their requirements to develop in accordance with their talents, and to best represent the country at junior and senior regional and global competitions.
“In my role also, I intend to bring on stream a general plan with transparency as a priority. I’m talking about something documented, so that there is no, or much less confusion going forward. It’s not going to be a situation whereby this one knows about something but others don’t. I want to operate so that everybody, all of the athletes, know everything that is going on,” Gibson promised.
He acknowledges that given the challenges of maintaining himself as an elite status, what he plans as the representative is demanding, but pledged to justify the confidence placed in him.
Meanwhile, he has over a month to earn a trip to the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Doha, Qatar, September 28 – October 6, 2019.
Gibson clocked 49.53 seconds, a season’s best, in placing fourth Thursday past. He needs to run 49.30 seconds or better to qualify for the Doha Worlds.