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Holmwood will win again - McLaughlin

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Anneisha McLaughlin, World Championships 200m finalist, addresses students at her alma mater, Holmwood Technical High School, during The Gleaner Champs 100 Tour at the Christiana-based institution yesterday. - Ian Allen/Photographer

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

MVP Track & Field Club star and former Holmwood Technical standout, Anneisha McLaughlin, returned to her alma mater yesterday during The Gleaner 'Champs 100' Tour to offer a pep-talk to the seven-time ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships victors.

McLaughlin, who sped to a personal-best 22.5 seconds in the 200m at last year's IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, believes that the Manchester-based school will once again defend their title at this year's centenary staging of the highly respected meet.

Said McLaughlin: "We are definitely going to bring home the eight htitle, I have no doubts about that."

Championship team

The 24-year-old acknowledged the threat of the likes of Edwin Allen, but believes that her alma mater's Champs experience will see them through in the end.

"Holmwood have been known to produce on the day, we are a championship team so I'm not too worried. We always produce when it matters most," said McLaughlin.

The young sprinter, who was recently identified by the Inter-Secondary Schools Sport Association as the most successful female athlete of the last decade, stressed the importance of balancing a solid educational background with other pursuits in life.

"Work hard to achieve your goals. At times, things may not go the way you want them to but don't give up, just go back to the drawing board and continue to work towards your dreams," McLaughlin urged the attentive students who packed inside the school's auditorium.

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 continue tomorrow at St Jago High School.

Yohan Blake and Markino Buckley have been confirmed for the St Jago leg.