Delano Williams of Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos Islands, is a Sprinter who started his career as a basketball player. Williams moved to Jamaica aged 13 after hurricane Ike destroyed his school. It was whilst he was playing in a basketball match, aged 18, that a Jamaican scout spotted his speed. Williams was selected to join the field & track team of Munro College in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. This was a great opportunity for Delano Williams and served as a building block for his athletics career. Whilst running for this College, he won the 100 and 200 metres at the 2012 Jamaican National High School Track and Field Championships, becoming the first non-national to do so.
Williams is unable to compete for his home country as they are not recognised by the International Olympic Committee, due to the fact that they do not have their own National Governing body. However, as Williams was born in Turks & Caicos, he was eligible to have a British passport and therefore potentially run for Great Britain. Hence, in 2012 it was confirmed that Delano Williams would be flying to Britain to trial for a place on the British Olympic team.He was very confident that he would be successful in gaining a spot in the team to compete in the 200 metres. Delano Williams trained hard to make the Olympic team, however he was not successful that time. He came in fifth in the 200m and therefore was not selected for one of the three spots available. Delano Williams was left feeling disappointed but not disheartened, as he was sure that he would qualify to run in the Olympics at some point.
Regardless of his disappointment, Williams had to get down to business in order to become a champion in his field. He represented Turks and Caicos at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona, Spain. At last winning a gold medal in the 200 metres.Ending a very successful year and all at the very young age of just 19. Delano Williams also went on to compete for Great Britain in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in 2013.
In 2013 Delano Williams began to train with the world renowned Racers Club in Jamaica. This club is home to some track legends such as Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Usain Bolt. Williams has said that training with such big names was daunting at first but the other athletes made him feel at home. Blake has taken the young star under his wing and Bolt refers to Blake as ‘Junior’. Williams has developed a fraternal bond with the other athletes and thoroughly enjoys and values the opportunity to be a member the club. He is honoured to be trained by such successful coaches who are able to bring out the absolute best in their athletes.
A young man with many dreams, who was named Weekly News Person of the Year for 2015. He shows such great determination and dedication to his sport. Delano Williams is currently studying part time for his Marketing degree. As well as this, he is Head of the Delano Williams Foundation. This foundation was set up to help the development of sports, especially track and field in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Also to give help to and encourage young people who are interested in sport. Although now Delano Williams is a Great British athlete it is obvious that he has not lost sight of where he came from.
Delano Williams, who is the Turks and Caicos Islands most decorated athlete to date, and still has so much more to give; Caribbean 1st absolutely salutes you.
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