World and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown says she is excited ahead of the start of the 2013 outdoor season, which she is expecting to get under way later this month with either a flat 400m run or a leg on a 4x400m relay team.
World indoor 60m champion Campbell Brown, who skipped this year's indoor season in order to concentrate on the August 10-18 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, where she will be defending her 200m gold medal, won two years ago in Daegu, South Korea, told her fans through her IAAF diary entry that things are going well in her preparation.
"Another month of training has transpired with my aim fixed on the 2013 outdoor season, which I am hoping to start in late March," Campbell-Brown wrote. "I suspect the 400m or a leg in the 4x400m will be my opener given the leaning of my coach."
Campbell-Brown, whose best effort in the one-lap event stands at 52.25 - a time she registered at her Florida training base in 2011, also shared that she is a huge fan of the 400m, even if it's an event she would not be interested in competing in on a regular basis.
"To be honest, I enjoy watching the 400m, it is one of my favourite events to watch and let me emphasise the word 'watch'," added the three-time Olympic gold medallist.
"So far, I am quite pleased with my training, so I will be ready to take the one lap," she continued before weighing in on the 60m indoor scene, which has seen some impressive performances from Nigerian Muriel Ahoure, who has gone 6.99 seconds and fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who has recorded a 7.04 clocking after just three attempts at the event.
"There were some impressive performances during the indoor season and that augurs well for an exciting year. World Championships and Olympic years always seem to squeeze extra special performances from us athletes, so with Moscow on the horizon, it should be another banner year," Campbell-Brown said.
A UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Gender Equality in Sport, Campbell-Brown is also looking forward to continue providing opportunities for young Jamaican girls, through her charity organisation, the VCB Foundation.
"I am also working behind the scene on matters pertaining to my foundation, needless to say, I am extremely pleased with the inroads we are making and hope to expand on our mission statement very shortly," she noted.
"We currently have four young ladies that are our scholarship recipients and they are excelling academically. I am thankful to the board, sponsors, and contributors for their efforts so far and, of course, we are always open for additional donors to come on board," added Campbell-Brown.
The 30 year-old athlete is one of the most celebrated faces in international athletics and has 21 international senior championships medals to her name.
- Andre Lowe