Thursday 9 April, 2020

Hydel sprint hurdler Oneika Wilson donates her cash award to school

Yvonne Ennis (right) of Community and 
Workers of Jamaica (C&WJ) Co-operative Credit Union poses with Hydel High sprint hurdler Oneika Wilson (2nd right),  the outstanding athlete of the 2020 McKenley/Wint Track & Field Classics, after presenting the athlete with a cheque for $25,000. At left is Albert Corocho, principal of Calabar High School, which hosted the meet and John Mair, one of  coaches at Hydel.

Yvonne Ennis (right) of Community and  Workers of Jamaica (C&WJ) Co-operative Credit Union poses with Hydel High sprint hurdler Oneika Wilson (2nd right), the outstanding athlete of the 2020 McKenley/Wint Track & Field Classics, after presenting the athlete with a cheque for $25,000. At left is Albert Corocho, principal of Calabar High School, which hosted the meet and John Mair, one of coaches at Hydel.

Oneika Wilson, the outstanding athlete of the 2020 McKenley/Wint Track & Field Classics, held on January 20 at Calabar High, has decided to donate her $25,000 cash prize from Community and Workers of Jamaica (C&WJ) Co-operative Credit Union to Hydel High.

The sprint hurdler said she decided to donate the money to her school as a way of showing appreciation for the guidance, coaching, and support she has received while competing in track and field.

Wilson revealed that her ambitions are set on attending college and be a professional hurdler like Megan Tapper, who has been her idol.

Tapper (13.01 seconds) won the bronze medal for Jamaica in the women's 100m hurdles behind Costa Rica’s Andrea Vargas (12.82) and the USA’s Chanel Brissett (12.99) at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

“At one time I wanted to give up because at five feet, five inches I thought I was too short to be a hurdler.  Then I found out that Megan, who I admire so much, is even shorter at five feet, one inch, so I thought if she could do it, so could I," Wilson said.

Wilson was a double winner at the McKenley/Wint Track & Field Classics.  The 16-year-old easily won the Girls' Class 2 100m hurdles in 13.48 seconds and returned to take the Girls' Class 2 100m in 11.99 seconds.

 

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