The 14 year old Trishanni Warner who made headline around the Caribbean Monday when she won Gold at the recently concluded Caribbean International Free Trade Assoc. Games (CARIFTA) has been tipped for Olympic success in the future by her mother.
Warner a second form student of the Charles E Mills Secondary School and won the won the girls U17 800m in 2:15.73 seconds, stunning the field of athletes and spectators in the Bahamas as she came from fifth to edge out the Jamaican athlete for first place in the final 100 metres of the race.
She was one of the youngest athletes from St. Kitts and Nevis to perform at the games and the youngest ever to win a medal.
“The name Trishanni Warner must be etched indelibly in the history of track and field in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said president of the St. Kitts Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA) Val Henry.
Henry also remembered a conversation that he had with the mother of the young athlete who promised him that she will bring back the gold medal. “A couple days before leaving her mother said to me Trishanni is going to come back with gold and she wasn’t casually saying it, she meant it. Today the prediction has materialised.”
Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Minister of Sports the Hon Shawn Richards who is a relative of Warner commended her performance and offered salutations on behalf of the town of Sandy Point
“I have been told that she is the youngest athlete from St. Kitts and Nevis to have won a gold at CARIFTA. I must say a special congratulations to her on behalf of the people of Sandy Point which is the constituency I am fortunate to represent.”
Melisa Warner, the mother of the 14-year-old, met her daughter at the RLB International Airport and expressed her excitement following her daughters success.
She also gave details as to her reaction upon hearing the news. “I was happy even though I knew she would have brought back the gold I am extra happy.”
She continued, “I was at home making conky and when I heard the news I started jumping up and my phone almost fell into the boiling pot.”
When question why she was so confident of her daughters success she simply exclaimed, “I know my daughter.”
The proud mother also indicated in her days as a junior she was also a top athlete and represented the Federation at one CARIFTA games. “I went to CARIFTA once, but I never won a medal but I am happy for her that she brought home a gold for me.”
Mellissa then made another bold prediction about her daughter. “She will be going to the Olympics at the age of 16 and she will win the 800m.”
The shy and soft spoken Trishanni speaking about her achievements said it felt good to be a champion.
Speaking to the moment when she crossed the finish line first, she indicated that she felt great and was very excited to have completed the race.