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Sharpe happy for VMBS Youth Award

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Llori Sharpe accepting her VMBS Youth Award at the RJR Sport Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman award ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night.

Jamaica's junior tri-athlete, Llori Sharpe, says her ambition is to represent the nation at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

"My ultimatum is to make the next Olympic Games and represent the country in the triathlon," Sharpe told The Gleaner after she copped the Victoria Mutual Building Society Youth Award at the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2016 Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston last Friday.

"It was very surprising when I saw my face on the screen. I immediately realised that people are taking notice," she said in response to being awarded the VMBS Award.

Sharpe, who is a 16-year-old St Andrew High School fifth-form student, came to prominence after she finished 18th of 56 competitors in action last September, at the World Junior Championships in Mexico.

She completed the 750 metre swim in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, the 20 kilometres bike race in 34 minutes and 38 seconds and the 5K run in 21 minutes and 40 seconds. It was the first time that Jamaica was sending a representative to the event and Sharpe was the only competitor from the Caribbean.

Sharpe started in the sport as a 15 year-old in 2015.

"I started as a swimmer, also did long-distance running and took on cycling. Now, I am very serious about triathlon," she said.