Hamilton, Bermuda – Monday, July 2, 2018: Digicel’s Chief Speed Officer Usain Bolt took a trip last week to Bermuda where his record breaking career first started. The Bermuda National Stadium for the 2004 CARIFTA games is where Bolt set his first world record with a time of 19.93 seconds in the Men’s Under-20 200m race.
Despite having a fully packed itinerary, Bolt ensured he took the time to revisit the stadium where it all began and talk with some of Bermuda’s young track and field athletes. In the question and answer session with the kids, Bolt had to answer some interesting questions ranging from how he felt about the lifelong competition with US sprinter Justin Gatlin to what advice does he have to offer the underdog in a competition.
It was a light-hearted moment when Bolt responded to a question from Zoe Hasselkuss of Somersfield Academy about why he started running. “I really started running over a box lunch, it’s a lunch you have at school in Jamaica. It was sports day and they said to me, if you run and win I’ll get you a box lunch. And for me, as a kid, that was a big deal, so that’s how I really got started in running”.
Having moved from being bribed by box lunches to being motivated by medals, Bolt also offered some speed tips and words of inspiration to the students gathered. “I love to win, it’s what I do. So I always want to be the best, and to be the best you have to be on top. I just reminded myself what I wanted and what my goal was and that’s what kept me going throughout every season.”
Still on duty as Chief Speed Officer, after spending the morning with the young athletes, Bolt did the rounds to make sure customers are getting lightning fast service. He visited the Digicel Head Office, made some quality assurance checks on the Fibre-to-the-Home Network and did a surprise installation with Digicel Fibre customer Simon Argent. Bolt and Argent chatted about the World Cup and Argent was presented with Usain Bolt signed PUMA merchandise.