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Barrett Jr eyes pro career

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Warren Barrett Jr

Barrett Jr eyes pro career

Buoyed by his Under-20 shot put record at the recent CARIFTA Games, outgoing Calabar High standout Warren Barrett Jr, says he is now focused on going professional and making a number of Jamaican teams in the coming years.

Barrett threw a personal best of 19.97m to emphatically claim gold on the final day of the regional championships at the Grenada National Stadium, last week and is now looking forward to improving to the 20m range.

Sanjae Lawrence of Jamaica produced 18.89m for silver and Josh Hazzard of Grenada got bronze with a throw of 17.18m.

"It's kind of expected because I put in the work in shot put. I just did what I had to," he said of his exploits. "I would really like to go pro because I really like the sport."

Barrett, who will continue his studies at the University of the West Indies added: "(I will) continue training with my coach (Julian Robinson) and, hopefully, I will make a couple national teams this year and the year after."

Barrett said this summer he wants to make the team to the NACAC Junior Championships, which will provide added competition and challenges for him with the presence of athletes from regional powers such as the United States.

"They have a couple of 20m guys and I am yet to surpass 20m and that is the ultimate aim. With competition, I am sure I will surpass it though," he reasoned.

Despite finishing a disappointing third in the shot put event at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, he said he was happy to turn the tables at the CARIFTA Games.

"Mentally, I am very strong, so the disappointment at Champs it wasn't really hindering me, I just had to forget that. Going into CARIFTA, I knew I was representing my country, so I had to lay it all down for my country," he underlined.