The Drive Phase

Shanieka Ricketts: Trust the process - Be patient with yourself

March 30, 2021 Dalton Myers / Shanieka Ricketts Season 3 Episode 12
The Drive Phase
Shanieka Ricketts: Trust the process - Be patient with yourself
Show Notes

In the “Play of the Day”, Dalton speaks with World Championship and PanAmerican Triple Jump silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts. In this episode, Shanieka discusses the phases of her career. She explained why she chose to specialise in the triple jump instead of the long jump and the level of discipline that it takes to master her event.

Shanieka also speaks about:

  • Her decision to attend the Vere Technical High School despite being from St Thomas
  • Her student-athlete experience abroad and the motivation to return to Jamaica to train post-college
  • The improvement in her career since returning to Jamaica and how she stayed motivated while adjusting to her return

 The 2019 RJRGLEANER Awards Sports Woman of the Year Nominee shared details about her fairytale season in 2019 and how it changed her life.

Other topics discussed are:

  • The dynamic and experience of her husband, Kerry Lee Ricketts being her coach
  • The importance of Jamaican field event competitors doing well to increase participation in events besides track 
  • The issues and opportunities that came with the pandemic for her preparation for Tokyo 2020
  • Advice for young track and field athletes
  • What she wants her legacy to be and her post-track and field aspirations
  • Aiming for the national record

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