ST JOHN’S, Antigua – National youth athlete Cejhae Greene has left Antigua for Florida where he has been offered a scholarship at Florida State University.
The track athlete, who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres sprints, will be pursuing studies in business while seeking to shine on the tracks for his new school.
“Florida State has been a school that I have admired over the years seeing how some of the best athletes in the US went through that school like Walter Dix and they also have a young guy by the name of Dentarius Locke who is running pretty good, so it’s just always been a school I have admired over the years. I am going to be studying business admin and management,” he said.
Greene has represented Antigua & Barbuda at a number of international competitions that included the 2011 World Youth Games in France and the 2012 CAC Junior Championships in Athletics in El Salvador where he secured a 100m bronze medal.
He explained that the decision to leave for the Sunshine State was a rather emotional one.
“I am kind of excited that I am going but at the same time a bit nervous to see how it’s going to be because it is the first time I am actually leaving home and going to be by myself, so to speak. So it’s a kind of nervous but exciting feeling, (and) I’m waiting to see how it’s really going to turn out,” he said.
“It’s been close to a year now (that) we’ve been deciding if to let me go a little earlier or if to let me go now.”
Jonah Greene, mother of the popular athlete and principal of Clare Hall Secondary School, stressed the importance of setting the bar high and support children in their endeavours.
“We have always allowed Cejhae to set goals for himself and we have always attempted to guide him and support him as we go along; but at the end of the day, it was always him setting goals. But as usual we always set the bar high and that has been the path that we have taken in life and he has lived up to every standard we have set,” she said.
“It is very important for parents to support their children and to work hard as far as that is concerned, always set good goals for them, set the bar high so they could achieve it and most importantly, develop in children, good morals and personal standards.”
The athlete thanked a number of individuals including coaches Heather Samuel and Ted Daley for their support and expertise in training. He also thanked his parents (Colin and Jonah Greene) along with the Ministry of Sports for investing both time and money in his development.