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Hansle Parchment to rock CFW

Published:Monday | May 25, 2015 | 5:00 AM
Parchment switching his spikes for designer duds in this year’s Caribbean Fashionweek.

Come June 12 and 13, Olympian Bronze medallist Hansle Parchment will be hanging up his spikes for designer duds in this year's Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW). Yup, you read right. Hansle Parchment will be on the runway instead of the tracks.

He told Flair, "CFW is an international event, and I have seen where they bring several internationally renowned persons from all over the world, so it seems a fun mixture of cultures, so I'm looking forward to being involved and sharing in the experience."

Though he is not quick to put it in on his list of maybe a second career, he is interested in showing his fans a different side of his personality. "Many persons, locally and internationally, have come to know me through my athletic achievements, and I think this is one way for them to see me in a different sphere, so I am comfortable trying it."

Is he nervous? "I can't say now," he notes with a chuckle. " I am not usually nervous on the track, or maybe I am, but I don't realise as the adrenaline is pumping and it is something I have been doing for a few years, so I have learned how to not be too caught up in the moment and the lights and noises in the crowd. For the runway, however, let's wait and see how my first experience goes."

 

his style

 

Parchment describes his style as relaxed, but he does enjoy dressing up from time to time. "My style is easy-going. Very casual and sporty most times. Shorts, Puma T-shirts mostly, and the occasional jeans. I do like to be dressy every now and then, so I would go for a designer look with straight fitted jeans and dress shoes, and definitely blazers and sports jackets to complement."

And what's next for the athlete after the runway? "The main goal this year is the World Championships. My immediate aim right now is preparing for the National Trials to make the Jamaican team so that I can be in Beijing for the World Championships. From there I will take it a race at a time through the heats and into the finals, and once I am there, I am definitely looking towards the podium. Anything else this year would be considered a bonus."