Shantel’s inspirational figure for Black History Month

Shantel from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students Group shares her inspirational figure as part of our Black History Month celebrations.


My inspirational person is Usain Bolt, who was born in Sherwood content, Trelawny parish, Jamaica. Known to the world as the fastest runner in the world, I took aparticular interest in him as he grew up in a district only a few minutes away from the district that my family resides in. Opportunities within these remote areas can be scarce but his journey became of interest. It was filled with hard work, perseverance, endurance and overcoming obstacles. In the beginning of his career, he lost races and was met with various injuries but he continued to endure and train on a regular basis. Eventually, his ability to persevere and frequently work hard with the help of others, led him to win races and become the fastest man in the world.  

His journey resonated with me as it echoed the idea that my life as a marathon requires me to have endurance, consistency and encouragement and help from others. There will be challenges, obstacles and situations where overt and covert racism is present. However, I can only successfully run my marathon if I consistently preserve, put the hard work in and reap the rewards when I win. No matter how you start off in life, aim to never give up. 

Shantel Jhinnoo
Committee Member
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Students Group

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