Maitland sets big goals
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Nicholas Maitland is very clear about his ambitions where track and field is concerned.
The quarter-miler's stocks rose after last week's finale at the Gibson Relays, where he managed to hold off the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, who was closing fast during the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay final at the National Stadium.
Maitland's run helped to power his UTech/MVP team to the fastest time in the event for the year and the former St Elizabeth Technical athlete is clear about what lies ahead for his career.
The business administration major, who returned to his alma mater to motivate the students during The Gleaner Champs 100 Tour yesterday, is targeting fast times and next year's World Championships in athletics as his grand stage.
"I just want to work hard to be out there on the world stage. The Olympics and World Championships are both targets," said Maitland. "This season I want to post some fast times and I'm working towards that. Most Jamaicans have not been posting sub-44 seconds times so that is something that I hope to accomplish this season.
"I'm personally determined to work hard towards my ambitions as I strive to make my family and country proud," Maitland added.
Maitland, who expressed extreme pride at the chance to return to his old school, encouraged the students to work hard towards their goals.
"It's a great feeling to be back here and I thank everyone who made it possible. This is like home to me," Maitland shared. "I want them to keep motivating themselves and work hard towards their goals, regardless of whatever issues they may encounter, whether it's sports or whatever."
And his views on that now famous Gibson Relays win over the Bolt-led Racers and his reactions afterwards?
"It was a great feeling and it took great teamwork. We planned and we managed to execute well and it all paid off in the end," he smiled.
Message of fair play
Maitland was joined by a host of top entertainers at the school as The Gleaner-powered Tour continued to push its message of fair play and commitment to hard work with the centenary staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium just three weeks away.
The 'Champs 100' tour is being staged in partnership with GraceKennedy, VMBS and LIME, in celebration of 100 years of local high school athletics competition, and will move to the second city - Montego Bay - next Friday, where Herbert Morrison Technical High will play host.