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Forbes living her dream

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Sprinter Sashalee Forbes has dreamt of being an Olympian since her days in primary school. Now, the G.C. Foster College student-athlete is in Rio de Janeiro, preparing for her first Olympic Games.

Forbes is part of Jamaica's 4x100m relay pool and says she isn't afraid of competing in the biggest sporting event in the world.

"It's a dream come true for me. I've been dreaming about this all my life, and I finally made it, so I have to give God thanks for all that," said the former Holmwood Technical speedster, who shared a recent dream she had about making the team.

"I saw my cousin, Simone Facey, in my dream, so it was obvious that I would make the team with her, so it was, well, a dream come true," she smiled.

Though she is more experienced, Facey is also on her first Olympic team.

When Forbes left Holmwood in 2015, her best 100m time was 11.55 seconds. Trained at the G.C. Foster College by Maurice Wilson, she has lowered her personal best time to 11.17 seconds this season - a time she ran twice: in the semis and the final at the recent National Senior Championships to capture sixth place and a spot on the plane bound for Rio.




Wilson is among those she thanks for her progress.

"Mr Wilson has done all his best for me. My special core worker, 'Bullet', aka Lamar Richards; my motivators Alvin Green, and the workers around the back - Zander, Shotty, Mr Ortnell Findlay - all of those persons have helped me to get this far," she said.

Since the Nationals, the 20-year-old Mandeville resident has won the North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 100m. That, added to the international exposure she gained as part of Jamaica's silver-medal-winning 4x100m team at the 2014 World Junior Championships.

She is, therefore, looking forward to Rio even though the prospect of being an Olympic newcomer initially scared her.

"At first, it did," she confessed, "But I haven't feared anything this far. I've just got to keep my focus and go out there."

Forbes, a silver and bronze medal winner in the Class One 200m, has her eye on a track and field career beyond Rio.

"Hope much more to come," she noted after her last pre-Rio workout at G.C. Foster. "So I just have to keep my brain steady and focused."