Rising Bahamian track star, Shaunae Miller, visited Abaco on October 22, visiting several schools in the North Abaco District giving encouraging and inspiring talks to students.
Shaunae encouraged students to study hard, stay in school and stay away from the troubles of drugs and alcohol.
“Stay in school; It’s so, so, so important,” she said. “Just like any other sport, track and field only last for so long. I only have about ten more years in the sport, after that I need something to fall back on. That’s why I am trying to get my degree now.”
She added that students should “stay out of trouble, you don’t need it. Stay away from drugs; stay away from drinking. It’s only going to tear your body down and wear it down.”
Shaunae, speaking to athletes, said “all the talent is here in the islands; keep proving that to them – they keep focusing on Nassau too much.”
Currently ranked second in the world in 400 meters sprint, 21 year-old Shaunae recently turned pro and has a deal with Adidas. She said she has been doing track and field since she was six years old.
She then talked about her trials and challenges in competition, and thanked God for his help through it all.
In the 200 M race at the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco, Shaunae experienced an injury to her hip flexor muscle, and after seeing several doctors was told it would require two to six months to recover; however, at that time the IAAF World Championships in Beijing was just a month away.
She said she prayed about it and was finally able to get back on the track to begin preparing for the IAAF World Championships just three days before the event. She said that despite tough competition, she stuck to her coaches instructions and captured the Silver Medal in the 400 M.
She told the kids to trust in God and he will see you through.
She concluded by sharing the three most important things in life, which are to always believe in God, always work hard and believe in yourself.
She visited S.C. Bootle High School, Amy Roberts Primary School and Abaco Central High School and was well received by all the students.