Motivated to do better - Matherson
Kingston College's 17-year-old standout Jhevaughn Matherson - one of the most talented young sprinters in Jamaica - says he is more motivated ahead of the upcoming season, after his recent recognition at the Courtney Walsh Award For Excellence.
Matherson's young career has been hampered due to a string of injuries, but the youngster, who was honoured for his sporting and academic performances, says he is looking forward to the upcoming 2017 season, when he will be expected to lead Kingston College's charge for the boys' title at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
"I was not necessarily surprised when I won the award but I was a bit astonished as it was a great feeling to be named best student athlete for the past year," said Matherson after a recent training session. "Being tops in sports and in academics is a wonderful feeling, and this goes to show that basically life has many streams and you cannot afford to focus in one area because you have to open your mind and do well in everything you do."
Matherson stated that it has not been difficult for him to balance by doing well in academics and on the track. "It is not necessarily hard as sacrifices will always have to be made and you won't always have time for fun but know your real focus and you have to push for that," he said.
The lower sixth-form student passed seven subjects, including English and mathematics in external examinations.
Matherson stated that he has been more inspired by his recent award and is looking forward for special performances on the track next season once he remains injury-free.
"When you get an academic award when you are a good athlete, it shows that you are heading into the right direction, so I hope to continue. Doing better is always the right priority, and next year I am looking forward to do even much better and I am more mature now, my dreams have always been big and to achieve my dream to be at the top will be spectacular," Matherson said.
Unlike may athletes who have gone professionally straight out of high school, Matherson is not looking on that route.
"It is always smart to get your education intact, and different people do different things but I am happy for the culture at Kingston College as majority of our student athletes go straight to university, and at the moment that is where my heart is," said Matherson.