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Weir packs power in a little engine

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Warren Weir in action at last year's London Olympics.
Weir at the National Stadium.-icardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Warren Weir may be small in stature, but the size of his will and determination is of gigantic proportions. I somehow always remember the story of the little engine that could - maybe that's a better nickname than this silly 'Weir Wolf' moniker that is being bantered about the place.

Anyway, the Olympic 200m bronze medallist shocked many in London and continues to show signs of improvement in these early-season stages. 2013 is a year of confirmation for Warren - also one of significant personal developments, with a wedding on the horizon.

He didn't want to speak too much about his relationship this time around, but the media-savvy Weir - one of the fastest rising names in international sprinting, is no less fun, as he gives us a peek into his life.

Let's Talk!

André Lowe (AL): Greetings Mr Weir, let's start with a properintroduction. We know you are an Olympic medallist and all of that; but tell us a bit more about yourself; the little-known facts.

Warren Weir (WW): My full name is Warren Antonio Weir. I am 23 years old. I was born in Trelawny. I'm a professional athlete at the Racers Track Club, trained by, in my opinion, the best coach in the world, Glen Mills. My life is centred around the gym and training, but I also spend a lot of time playing FIFA and other games on the PS3. I also like to chill with my family and friends. I like to go out, too, but I don't go out a lot during the track season (which is basically most of the year). I love music, especially reggae and hip hop. I especially like to listen to old-time reggae. I enjoy travelling and sightseeing. I am a nature lover and I also take a lot of photos of scenery. Whenever I am at home and not playing games, I like to do video and photo editing. To see some of my work on video editing, you can view my YouTube channel.

AL: OK, well how did you get started in track and field in the first place?

WW: I grew up in Waterford and attended Waterford Primary School. At that school, the only sporting choices were football and track and field. Track and field was the more popular sport, and as such, I chose to do track and field and realised that I was good at it. I even participated at Primary School Champs.

AL: I know you are a big football fan and you seem to think you are good at this FIFA 13 (PS3) thing as well. The question is, arethereany other sport that you enjoy playing besidesathleticsand football?

WW: (LOL) First of all, I am good at FIFA 13. The records still show that I am better than you. So far, I have not found any other sports that I really enjoy apart from athletics and football.

AL: Bredrin, mi never ask you anything about my record against you on FIFA, leave that out of this discussion (LOL). Anyway, you are a Chelsea fan. How did you start supporting 'The Blues'; perhaps the question should be, why the hell are you supporting Chelsea?

WW: (LOL) ... I am a huge fan of (Didier) Drogba and he played for Chelsea at that time, so I automatically began to support Chelsea.

AL: You are, of course, a Calabar past student and former team vice-captain. What are your thoughts on their recent 'Champs' win?

WW: I am very happy that Calabar retained their title at Champs in fine style, and even without the team captain. They almost scored 300 points and of course, this was outstanding performance from the team and I am very proud of them as a Calabar 'old boy'. A jus di #Barlife!

AL: On that note, what are your views on the debate around student athletes and the need for greater balance between academics and athletics?

WW: I believe education is very important and as such, should be taken as importantly as sports. Time management is, therefore, very important as this will help with keeping up with school and also doing well at sports.

AL: Take us back to the Olympics. Tell us about that whole experience and how it has changed your life.

WW: My experience at the Olympics was like no other I had ever had before; it was mind-blowing! It was filled with excitement and anxiety and is my most life-changing event so far. Imagine that if everywhere you looked, you saw well-known athletes from different countries for different sports! Also, experiencing so many different cultures in one space was just amazing. I have now become more known on the international circuit and I have met a lot of interesting and famous people.

AL: Is there a particular thing that you do before your races; a superstitious habit or something like that?

WW: Superstitious? (LOL) I just listen to music.

AL: What would you say is your greatest ambition?

WW: My greatest ambition is to be the best I can be in my track career and also to always be able to support my family.

AL: You are of course engaged, how do you balance this new-found public spotlight and the demands of a relationship?

WW: The demands of my relationship are manageable, as we have learnt over time to compromise and just enjoy life with each other. The public spotlight has just been more of a motivating force to keep me extra focused on track and field.

AL: They call you the 'Weir Wolf'. I'm not a big fan of that name, we may have to coin a new one for you; but if Warren Weir was a superhero, who would he be?

WW: (LOL) I would want to be Flash Gordon!

AL: What is your favourite 'chill spot'?

WW: My games room and the track.

AL: Are you currently studying?

WW: Not in school currently.

AL: Ok, what do you see yourself doing after track and field?

WW: I see myself in the media and communication field.

AL: Well, as long as you don't plan to take my work, that seems a good fit for you (laughs). Ok so, three spots up for grabs in the 200m for this year's IAAF World Championships. You surprised many last year, but how confident are you that you will be able to, first, make the team and replicate last year's success?

WW: When that time comes, I am confident that I will do my best.

AL: Perhaps I should ask you how do you feel about Juventus effectively knocking Chelsea out of the Champions League.

WW: Ha! Even though the defeat was harsh, Chelsea are presently in a rebuilding stage and has not yet found stability because of the several changes of managers in a short period of time, so I feel Chelsea will regain their glory and success soon.

AL: Yeah ... sure. Anyway, respect as usual bredrin for taking the time out to make the link.

Folks, I will see you again next week but until then, I'll leave you with this quote from former world No. 1 tennis player and four-time grand slam winner Jim Courier:

"Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way."