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VCB's Bittersweet 2015....

...Decorated athlete sets sights on glorious 2016


Jamaica Observer

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Veronica Campbell Brown and husband Omar at a function at The Door restaurant in New York Friday night. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

NEW YORK, USA — Olympian Veronica Campbell Brown says after a challenging 2015 she's in a good place to be in Rio for 2016, and is trusting God that she'll make the team.

Campbell Brown, who is in New York to be honoured for her philanthropic work by non-profit Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO), told the Jamaica Observer that training has been going well after a tough 2015, and credits her mental toughness for her success.

"Training has been good. It's a lot of hard work, but I have to set the pace, set the foundation for 2016," she said.

She said her World Championships performance in Beijing was bittersweet.

"2015, I'd say, was my toughest year. I had a lot of setbacks with injuries, tightness, stuff that came out of the blue that I've never experienced before, and as a result, I was unable to train the way I wanted. I didn't get a break in the way my body was feeling until about two weeks before World Championships," she explained.

"At the end of the day I was very pleased with the results that I got in Beijing."

Regarding the new batch of young talent rising in the sport, Campbell Brown said she's not worried and, in fact, hasn't run her fastest yet.

"I go into every race feeling like I'm as good as everyone on the field," she said.

"I can run faster. I haven't run my fastest yet. Jamaica has been known over the years for producing great athletes. [Competition] is good for the sport. We do need the competition, so I'm excited and I'll always support the young athletes," she said.

"I enjoy competing with them, and it's all about Jamaica, performing well, and representing our country. It's all fun. I'm not worried at all.

Campbell Brown added: "Everyone has to believe in themselves and their ability. I believe in me, what I'm capable of. There's no need to worry about another person who is talented because we're unique and there's room for all of us to succeed, so I just focus on what I need to do and do my best."

Campbell Brown, affectionately called VCB, is a

seven-time Olympic medallist and the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200m events, and one of only nine athletes to win medals at the youth, junior and senior levels of an athletic event.

She has been lauded for her work as a UNESCO goodwill ambassador to promote gender equity and her efforts to give back to her hometown in Trelawny, which are the genesis for the COJO award, which was due to be presented at The Hilton, JFK last night.

Campbell Brown was also honoured at a reception hosted by COJO at The Door restaurant in New York Friday night, where she met with Jamaican business owners and other officials including Jamaican Ambassador to the United States Ralph Thomas and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Courtenay Rattray.