Sharpe targets Commonwealth success after solid 2017
Jamaica's junior tri-athlete Llori Sharpe is eagerly looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.
"My main goal is the Commonwealth Games in Australia next April. That is my main race. I have other races also next year, but the Commonwealth Games is the main one. I also have the CAC Games in Argentina, so hopefully, I get to go there as well. I am looking forward to more races and good times," said Sharpe, who is nominated in the Tri-athlete of the Year category for the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards.
"I feel very honoured to be nominated. I am just happy that the powers that be have recognised my work and dedication to the sport and all that I have accomplished this year. I hope that I win, and if I do, I will be more elated and even more excited," she said.
Sharpe is also looking forward to again winning the Victoria Mutual Building Society Youth Award that she won last year.
"I would say I'm satisfied with what I have done in the sport this year. I have been to several countries, including Cuba, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, and the USA, where I represented Jamaica well at each competition. I put in my best effort in all those races, so I don't think I could have done much better," she said about her performances for the country this year.
"If I didn't win, it was not because I did not try, but the other athletes were better on the day. I am pretty satisfied with the year. I won three races and came second in two of them," Sharpe also said.
Sharpe, who is a 17-year-old St Andrew High School sixth-form student, came to prominence after she finished 18th of 56 competitors in action in September 2016 at the World Junior Championships in Mexico.
She completed the 750-metre swim in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, the 20-kilometre 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.