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Published: Tuesday | July 12, 2011
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'Nothing stops him' - Fedrick' Dacres' Mom says his resilience paid off
Fedrick Dacres
 Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres recently made history by winning gold in the discus competition at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, throwing a world-leading 67.05 metres for the victory. Dacres is the first Jamaican to win a discus gold medal at any IAAF athletics championships.

No one is more proud than his mother, Claudette Morgan. She said Fedrick developed a winning mentality at Central Branch All-Age School.

"Fedrick is a very competitive child from ever since. Him not afraid of competition. I remember one time his teacher called me telling me that he was in tears because he came third, and from then I realise that he has the mind of a winner," she said.

What she admires most about him, though, is his resilience.

"Nothing stops him. Last year, his father died two days before he went to the trials, and he still went and won, and later went to the Carifta Games and broke the discus record," she said.

Morgan said that every morning, she prepares a hearty breakfast for her son.

Cornmeal porridge mixed with coconut milk, peanuts, and oats is his favourite.

She emphasised that she ensures he balances training with his studies and tries to instil in him the value of education.

"I ensure that after training, him come home and spend at least half an hour with his studying, and his coach is very supportive, especially because his father is not around," she said.

The athlete sat six Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate subjects this year and is currently awaiting his results.

- Jodi-Ann Gilpin

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