Celebrating Our Athletes – Jeron Thompson

Do not stop as you achieve. Dream bigger – Jeron Thompson, CARIFTA gold, silver & bronze medalist, and third form student of Trinity College East.

Thompson represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships which took place from April 4th – 7th, 2015, in Barbados. He walked away with 6 individual medals from the 8 races he entered (excluding relays)in the Boys 13-14 category – gold from the 50m backstroke; silver from the: 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke; and bronze from the 100m freestyle race.

The value Thompson has for this experience is not limited to his performance and medals, but extends to other aspects of the championships – the team bonding,  the elements that reinforce national pride, exposure to new cultures, and networking opportunities. He said “apart from the stiff competition that everyone sees, there are other sides to these championships. As an athlete, nothing can compare to that moment when your country’s anthem is played. Also, being with your team and having an ecstatic vibe – making jokes, having karaoke’s – is an amazing feeling. The experience also brings opportunities to make friends with foreigners, learn new phrases and slangs. Not everyone gets to have these experiences and I’m glad to have shared it with amazing people.”

Thompson credits his hard work and support system- his family, swimming and gym partners, and school peers – for his success; and made special mention of his Trinity College East peers, who continue to support and look out for him. His advice to them, and other students, is not to get comfortable with each success, but to work harder and dream larger after accomplishing goals. “Being an athlete is not easy. You have to train and study. Where would you get time? You make the time. You have to put your all into training and then go do homework; and that’s ok. These late nights you endure to finish long assignments will truly be worth it. Making your parents/guardians proud, as you perform well in sports and have great grades, gives you satisfaction. It is not until you work for this, that you it will be achieved. Do not stop as you achieve, dream bigger.”