Settling Eyes On Number One
Roxanne James-Wong has won the CariFin Games cross country walking event for the 1st time after knocking on the CARIFIN door of success for a long time, her performance as a walker dating back as early as 2009. And she has promised to let nothing stand in her way this year. Speaking to Carifin News, Mrs. James- Wong said her expectations is to be able to get to the finish line in first position, with relative ease and also to remain injury free. “I have been second on a few occasions well, and even dubbed the, ‘Silver Queen’ but I aim to shed that notion. The key things for me is to make that improvement for this year, remaining fit and becoming more focused towards achieving my top goal,” she said. She said her top goal is to make a bold statement in her category of walking, possibly hold on to that for some time to come. “My balance for time apart from work is my two additional hobbies, volleyball and steel band, Panorama.” The last few months saw a fight for time, with clashes of these two hobbies. “Of course the latter won out due to the short carnival season with my Band Republic Exdous placing third in the large band category. So I feel justified by the time invested. My husband is eagerly on the wings to provide me with fine tuning for the Carifin events.” But her true promise started to show in 2012 where she finished 2nd in the cross-country walk. In 2014 she had a good year with a 1 lap Savannah 4th place, Green Mile 2nd place, chancellor hill and a 2nd placing, taking Sevilla in grand style.
But she is not the only one setting her eyes on the number one prize. Deodath Harrikissoon won the CariFin Games cross country walking event in 2014 to make it three straight wins for him in CariFin. What does three straight wins means to him? A land mark performance no doubt, but is he still hungry for more success. He is quite becoming a walker runner with a 3rd place finish in the running event in 2014.
Deodath told Carifin News he expects to continue his winning ways for the 2015 games. “I hope competitors challenge me, as I have been training harder this year. I have been doing cross country training, hills to boost stamina. I need to keep up with the youth as I am 50 years of age,” Deaodath said. Despite being a champion, he enjoys the challenge of walking as it is an adventure for him. “The camaraderie during these events, have me ever so excited for this year’s participation. I will have the full support of my co workers at First Citizens Bank. They fully support me, and I am featured in the quarterly Focus Magazine,” Deodath said. After the Carifin Games, he intends to participate in the UWI marathon.