bmobile cheers Keshorn Walcott in his quest for Olympic success
TSTT Corporate Communications
National communications solutions provider, bmobile, continues to support Trinidad and Tobago’s two-time Olympic medalist, Keshorn Walcott, on his journey to the Tokyo Games.
The javelin ace will participate in his third Summer Games which gets under way from July 23rd to August 8th in Japan.
Walcott has been a bmobile brand ambassador for over eight years. As he climaxes preparations ahead of another Olympic performance, the 28-year old credited his longstanding partners for their commitment on his quest.
The field athlete won Trinidad and Tobago’s second-ever Olympic gold medal on debut (84.58m) at the 2012 Games in London and then captured bronze (85.38m) at the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil edition four years later.
“bmobile has always been one of the main contributing companies to my career for the past eight years. Since my first Olympics in England, they have been by my side and have stuck with me through the good years and the bad years. I’ll be forever grateful for that,” he said from his Portugal-base on July 6.
Walcott returned to competition on the international stage on May 19 after an 18-month hiatus owing to the pandemic. When COVID-19 hit TT in mid-March last year, he was unable to train and compete.
He capitalised on the downtime by doing some home renovations, adventuring out on a couple hikes and even picked up mountain biking as a hobby.
Although he was competitively inactive for a lengthy period, Walcott said he was, and continues to receive tremendous support from his sponsor.
“The bmobile team is made up of really genuine and understanding people, especially during the pandemic. They don’t take away from my time. They understand what’s necessary for me to be where I am at as an athlete and they support that,” he said.
The four-time CARIFTA champion continued, “One of the major things I appreciate from them is that we share the same goal; to do our best to make the nation proud.”
Over the years, Walcott joined bmobile to distribute school supplies to multiple children’s homes, helped with flood relief efforts, hosted Christmas events for children in need among a host of other social outreach and community building programmes.
Gerard Cooper, General Manager Shared Services at TSTT, was pleased to share such a deep-rooted, professional relationship with one of the nation’s best medal contenders at the Tokyo Games. He affirmed the company’s commitment to the athlete and wished Walcott all the best in his pursuit for Olympic success.
“Keshorn Walcott is an exemplary athlete and a role model. At bmobile, we firmly believe that sport is one of the major pillars which contribute to fostering young talent,” said Cooper.
“We believe that Keshorn, like all the other Trinidad and Tobago athletes there, will represent the nation with pride, passion and to the best of their ability. Good luck to all of our national Olympic-bound athletes,” Cooper concluded.
Since Walcott returned to competition less than two months ago, the hulking thrower has won a medal at every meet he has participated in.
On May 19, he bagged bronze (82.75m) at the Ostrava Golden Spike Games in Czech Republic and four consecutive silver medals at the Diamond League (77.78m) in England on May 23, at the Paavo Nurmi Games (82.84m) in Finland on June 8, the Kuortane Games (89.12m) in Finland on June 26 and at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern (85.16m) in Switzerland on June 29. On July 13 he participated in his final event before the Olympic Games, the Muller British Grand Prix where he won bronze (76.74m).
Heading into this year’s Olympic Games, the multiple national men’s javelin champion is confident in his ability. Walcott and his Cuban-born coach Ismael Lopez Mastrapa have been using the past couple, and coming weeks, to sharpen up on his technique ahead of the meet.
“I feel good going into the Games. There are a couple things in my mind I would like to solidify for my confidence. I still have a couple weeks to work on that so it is good. Once I get there healthy, I think it will be an Olympics to remember. Mentally and physically, I’m in a good place,” Walcott noted.
Meanwhile coach Mastrapa thinks his athlete has a good shot at delivering another mesmerizing performance on the biggest competitive stage in sport. Similarly, he admitted the pandemic may have thrown off their training regime, owing to public health restrictions.
However, Mastrapa believes Walcott is consistently improving and will give his all at the Tokyo edition.
“So far, the training has been good. He has fewer physical problems this year so that’s much better. There is always some pressure. It’s very important to have psychological preparation because it plays an important role in the end result,” he said. Although the Olympics begins on July 23, Walcott begins the qualifying round of the men’s javelin on August 4, followed by the finals on August 7. He will spend some time in Portugal working on his technique with his core team; coaches Ismael Lopez Mastrapa as well long time Javelin coach Gustavo Ventura and chiropractor, Dr. Alban Merepeza. He heads to Tokyo on 22 July.