Words of Wisdom | Local sports
“Don’t chase the money. Chase the dream.
These words of wisdom have stuck with Jehue Gordon and have served him well in his ten years as a professional athlete. The man who gave the advice in 2010 was Gordon’s manager, US lawyer Emanuel Hudson. The athlete from Trinidad and Tobago was 18 at the time and had just signed an agreement with Hudson’s HSInternational Sports Management (HSI).
“The Diamond League is paying pretty well,” said Gordon. “If you’re going to run meet after meet after meet, you’re going to start to tire yourself out. Then for the big leagues, when you’re supposed to perform, you just don’t have it. You have to be smart. Fall in love with the dream, fall in love with the process. The money will come back to you once you do what you are supposed to do. “
A month after turning pro, Gordon won the men’s 400-meter hurdles title at the IAAF World Junior Championships. And in 2013, athlete Maraval won gold in the same event during the senior version of the world championships.
Gordon spoke about Hudson’s wise words last Wednesday, during the first episode of “Athlete Talks,” a new online series featuring Gordon, reigning Commonwealth Games men’s 200m champion Jereem “The Dream” Richards and retired national athletes Jamaal James and Zwede Hewitt.
James, who is a coach at the University of the West Indies (UWI), said the best advice he ever received came from the late Nestor “Tom” Brown, his coach at the Phoenix Athletic Club.
“He said to me, at a young age, ‘No one owes you anything in life. Whatever you want, you have to work at it. A lot of times we see young athletes who have this right syndrome where they feel like they are doing a Carifta or being part of a national team or running 10 or 46 years old, and they feel like the world is on them. owes something.
“The truth,” James continued, “is that no one really cares, and you have to make them take care of them over and over again. You don’t graduate to do good on one test. It’s several courses and several tests for years. Then you are presented with a diploma.
Richards said he was grateful for the contribution he received from Quantum coach Trevor James.
“I remember when I made my first team and I relied on the relays. Mr. James argued with me. He said, “Choose yourself and don’t let anyone choose you.” Really and truly, if you make it an individual event, they have no choice but to choose you. “
Hewitt, the developer of the LUHU (Let Us Help U) network sharing app, got his best advice from legendary American trainer Clyde Hart while on the stock exchange at Baylor University in Texas.
“It was in the form of a workout,” Hewitt explained, “and was called“ Speed Makers ”. It was intermittent sprints with periods of really slow jogging, and the point was to show that in life, just like this workout, there are times when you can go as slowly as you want, but don’t stop. not. Sometimes you know it’s time to slow down, but you never give up. That was the lesson.
The next episode of “Athlete Talks” – starring Sparkle McKnight and Rae-Anne Serville – will be starting at 8pm tomorrow (Wednesday) at www.zoom.us.