|Aug. 25 -- August 25 was declared Kim Collins Day by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis in honour of one of the track star’s most significant accomplishments, the gold at the World Championships in Paris, France in 2003.
After debuting in major track and field competition in 1997, Collins became the first athlete from the Federation to qualify for an Olympic final, finishing 7th in the 100m in the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2001, he won the country’s first World Championship medal, when he tied for the bronze medal in the 200m. This accomplishment was followed up by his first major title in the 2002 Commonwealth Games 100m event.
Collins retired from International Athletics in September 2009, but still makes guest appearances on the international circuit in Europe and Asia.
Along with August 25 being designated as Kim Collins Day, he has also received a house from the government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the East Basseterre Bypass Road was renamed the Kim Collins Highway. In the arrival hall at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport there is a bust of his image. In addition, the main stand at the Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium at Bird Rock is also named in his honour.
Kim Collins’ accomplishments have afforded the people of St. Kitts ad Nevis a significant amount of national pride, as the sporting icon has triumphed on the extremely competitive world athletic stage.