“Just Use Me as Motivation” – Bolt Encourages Youth

On Friday night (January 13), Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson were named 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at an awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus.

Bolt, who won 3 gold medals for Jamaica at the Rio Olympic games last year, landed the award for a record equalling 7th time while it was the first for Thompson who became the first women’s sprint double champion at the Olympics in nearly three decades.

And the world’s fastest man used the occasion to once again share his desire see the nation’s youngsters succeed and urged them to use him as motivation.

Bolt reportedly stated: 


“I just want to thank all the fans and everybody that supported me through the rough times. I really wanted to thank you. It was really rough, but you guys came through for me”.

“I want to leave with one thing… a message for the youths. I am from Trelawny and I have never thought that I would be at this stage of my life as one of the greatest sprinters ever, one of the greatest athletes ever”.

“With that I want to say hard works pays off, so if you want to be great just work towards what you want. Not only a track star, but you want to be a doctor, a lawyer, never give up, because I have gone through a lot in my career and I have never given up once. I have always pushed on and just look where I am at,” he added.

“So just use me as motivation. Use me as an example if you want to be the best that you can be. I wish you all the best,” added Bolt before saying good night.

Bolt is set to retire following the 2017 season.

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