Son of former Reggae Boyz goalie shatters shot put record
FORMER national goalkeeper Warren Barrett hailed his son Warren Barrett Jnr for the hard work and dedication he put in, after the latter broke the record in the Boys Class Two shot put at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.
Warren Barrett Jnr, representing Cornwall College out of Montego Bay, won the final, breaking the old record of 17.41 metres set by Ashina Miller of Calabar in 2009, when he threw 18.18 metres on his final attempt of the event.
Barrett Snr, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, said he is pleased with his son's achievement so far.
"I am proud he has emulated me in that regards... I started playing for the national Under-17 team in 1987, he is still a year younger but I am pretty pleased. Last year he was the gold medal winner for the Under-17 boys at the CARIFTA games and the entire family and close friends were elated," said the former national skipper.
He added: "The hard work that he has put in is paying off, because he is a very disciplined and hardworking individual. He is self-motivated and you don't have to tell him when to train... he trains at school, he trains when he comes home, any spare time that he has is dedicated to his craft."
Barrett also acknowledged God for blessing his son with the talent to perform and represent his family, school and country.
The former Violet Kickers FC player, more popularly called 'Boopie', explained how his son got involved in athletics and how his passion grew for it.
"It was a close friend of ours and me who encouraged him to try. He was a bit hesitant at first, didn't (want to) go to training and I spoke to him and advised him to try it and if he doesn't like it he should stop. He went (to training) and the rest is history."
When asked if he thought his son would break the record, Barrett said he had no doubt.
"I knew that if he threw as well as we know he could, then the record would go, because he threw 17.90 at the CARIFTA Trials. I know him and I know after breaking the record at Western Champs, deep down he definitely wanted to break that record at Champs even though he doesn't talk about it a lot," he expressed.