The twin island St. Kitts and Nevis, has been home to many successful young individuals in fields such as creative arts, entrepreneurship and sports. As the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio have commenced, two time qualifying Olympian Mr. Antoine Adams from St Kitts was still able to squeeze in some time to answer a few questions about his journey before, during and after the Olympic Games.
Qualifying for the Olympic Games has been deemed something which carries great prestige and Mr. Antoine has been no stranger to this feeling.
What did it feel like in the moment that you qualified for the Olympic Games?
“To qualify for the Olympics is a major life achievement in my opinion. It means you are qualified to call yourself one of the best in the World. It is the highest level in sports. This will be my second time qualifying for the Olympics and I feel very proud and accomplished to call myself a two time Olympian.”
In being an athlete, you are faced with many challenges from injuries to being constantly health conscious. What would you say has been the most difficult part of your journey as a professional athlete?
“I would have to say the training. If you don’t train, you don’t get better. If you don’t train hard you stay average. It’s easier said than done, but I have learned over the years that you get out what you put in. The human body is capable of doing extra ordinary things once you put your mind to it. I have learned to not be afraid to push my body beyond limits.”
Apart from being a very disciplined athlete Antoine still finds time to relax and enjoy some of the finer things in life such as music composing, playing video games and taking in some television along with plenty of rest. Mr. Adams also places strong emphasis on maintaining strong family bonds as they serve as his motivation to focus and perform.
“My journey as a professional athlete has allowed me to see who really has my best interest at heart. My circle is very small and positive. There is no time for negativity as a professional athlete.”
As he serves as a role model to young persons and aspiring athletes Mr. Adams concluded with some advice on being an athlete:
“It is a tough life and will be filled with many ups and downs. Training is very intense. You have to stay dedicated and committed. It will not happen overnight. It took me 4 years of training before I was good enough to become a professional. I wanted to quit but it is very important that you never give up and keep your environment positive and clean. There is no room for negativity. Negativity is very toxic and will kill you slowly mentally if you let it. I honestly would say go to college on a scholarship if you are blessed to receive offers. Get an education. A track career can be over in an instant. It will not last forever. You need something to fall back on.”
With these powerful closing words we congratulate Antoine Adams on his performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and wish him the best for his career.