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Shaunae returns to SAC... Bahamian track star excited to be back in The Bahamas; makes school runs

Sheldon Longley

For the third year in a row, Shaunae Miller-Uibo is making her regular stops to schools around New Providence, and prominent among them is her alma mater, St. Augustine’s College (SAC).

Greeted by staff and students of SAC yesterday, the Bahamian female track star expressed joy in being back at the institution where she obtained her high school education. It’s been another phenomenal year for Miller-Uibo, one in which she lowered her national record in the women’s 200 meters (m) twice, won a bronze in two finals at the 16th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, took home two IAAF Diamond League trophies, in both the women’s 200 and 400m, and ended the year as number two in the shorter race and number one in her specialty, the 400m.

This year, Miller-Uibo became the 13th woman to ever run under 22 seconds in the women’s 200m and under 50 seconds in the women’s 400m. She is at numbers 21 and 31 in the events, respectively, all-time.

“It’s always a great experience for me (to go to the schools),” said Miller-Uibo yesterday. “I get to go back and share my experiences with the kids, and I always look forward to that. Hopefully, I could motivate them in everything that I have done and everything that I will be doing. Hopefully, I could share something with them that they could benefit from and put into their daily lives.”

With the exception of the world championships, where she stumbled in the final after leading for 350 meters, every time Miller-Uibo stepped on the track this year, she ran under 50 seconds in the women’s 400m. She summed up her unfortunate misstep in the final of the women’s 400m in London as a learning experience, one that will make her stronger as she continues her athletic journey.

Miller-Uibo, now 23, said that she’s just looking forward to continuously getting better and representing the country well again on the international stage in 2018.

“Every time that I step on to the track it’s a great experience for me – something that I love doing. That is something that I have been doing from I was a young girl, so I enjoy every bit of it,” she said. “I go out there and give it my all because I know that I’m not just representing myself but an entire country. I just go out there, give it my all and try my best.”

Miller-Uibo has excelled on the track ever since she was a young teenager, representing her school at various track meets, and representing the country at regional and international competitions. She is a multiple CARIFTA Champion, and while at SAC, won the IAAF’s World Youth and World Junior titles in the 400m. She was also instrumental in helping SAC extend its streak of Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) track and field titles. SAC won 25 straight BAISS track and field titles before the Queen’s College Comets won in 2015 and again in 2016. SAC reclaimed the crown in 2017.

“Well, being a SACer, I had to congratulate them on winning the BAISS title again,” said Miller-Uibo. “St. Augustine’s College is an amazing school – the best school in The Bahamas. This is my family here at SAC, and I just wanted to come back and spend time with my family.”

Miller-Uibo ended by thanking the Bahamian people for the love and support she received this past year. She said that she will do all that she can to represent the country well in 2018, and beyond. “Shout out to my Bahamian people – I love you guys so much. Thank you for all of the support. I really do appreciate it,” she said.

Miller-Uibo finished the year with season’s best times of 11.19 seconds in the 100m, 21.88 seconds in the 200m and 49.46 seconds in the 400m. The 100m time matched her personal best, the 200m time was a new national record, and the latter was just two one hundredths of a second off her personal best time which she did to win the Olympic title last year.

The Bahamian superstar is expected to remain in The Bahamas for a while before jetting off to enjoy