Home Sports Carlwyn Noris Collins vows never to give up
– Promises a better year
Running has always been coursing through the veins of the Collins family. Quarter-mile specialist Carlwyn Noris Collins has achieved many things in his lifetime despite being plagued by injury. However, he is determined to make a comeback in 2019.
Speaking with Guyana Times Sport about his participation at the University Games, Collins said, “I competed a bit last year, but I had a minor injury during the inaugural NCAC and was told to sit out the remainder of the season.
“Before that, I’d say the season was going pretty okay. However, for the year 2019, I have some personal goals that I’m working towards; but generally, my aim is to be as competitive as I can, while remaining healthy and injury free.”
Collins said, “I spent the first 9 years of my life in Lamaha St. Kitty. My older brother was an athlete and I looked up to him, so it was only natural that I got into sports. My first attempt at track and field I was successful. At the age of 7, I won all of my races (100, 200, 400 & 1,000) at all levels (inter house, inter schools, inter zones and nationals) and I was chosen to represent Guyana in Martinique at the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) Games.
“After achieving all of those accolades and success on my first try at something I enjoyed, I guess a deeper passion for it started to develop”.
Collins also recalled that he made it to “Nationals” every year, as he always pushed himself to the limit in terms of his training. During his secondary school days, he had the privilege of competing against the best in the Caribbean in the 200m and 400m, and was ranked in the top 10 for the 200m and top 5 for the 400m.
Resulting from his excellent performance on the track, a few colleges in the USA showed interest in him even when he was in 3rd form, but Collins was always advised to ensure that he finished writing his CSEC before making a decision. But things took a drastic turn when he got injured in 2008. All of his scholarship offers and whatever interest coaches had in him vanished overnight. He has since has been batting with injuries, and has never had the opportunity to return to peak performance.
In closing, Collins stated that he would like to thank his family, friends, therapists and athletics trainers who have pushed him towards being successful and helped him along his journey.