10-MINUTE MANAGER: Raising the bar
Q: Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
A: At present, I’m not where I want to be but I intend to get there. I’ve always been a hard worker and my ambition has taken me further than I’ve ever imagined. With each goal achieved, I raise the bar even higher. Success motivates me.
Q: What is your biggest professional challenge?
A: My biggest professional challenge is getting the general public to understand what I do. When people hear the term “sport psychology”, they automatically think that I work with “crazy athletes”. As funny as it sounds, I think the lack of knowledge of the field here in Barbados is quite embarrassing. Perhaps this is the reason why we don’t see much progression here in sport. We lack knowledge in the key areas that aid in enhancing athletic and administrative performance. Sport psychology education is key.
Q: What is your biggest life challenge?
A: There isn’t anything in life that is beyond me to be honest. I’m young, driven, beautiful, smart, talented and fun. With that combination, I’d say that the sky is the limit.
Q: When you look to the future what do you see?
A: I see myself building an empire, taking DML Sport Psychology the full nine yards. I believe that I will develop the field of sport psychology here, help people to recognise its importance and give it the recognition it truly deserves. I’ve taken a year off from my sport, but when I return, I intend to be fully active and become the only female sport psychologist to play cricket at the international level.
Q: What is your favourite pastime?
A: Playing cricket.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Good question! There are so many! I eat so much! I love food! I’m a compulsive eater! I really can’t choose. I’m so ashamed that I can’t answer. Okay, if I really had to choose, I’d say a burger?
Q: On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?
A: One year ago, I’d be in bed. Now, I’ve been getting out a bit more. I host events so I try to support as many events as possible. If it wasn’t business related and I had to choose, I’d prefer to be sleeping and well rested for Sunday service.
Q: What upsets you the most?
A: Grammatical errors! My pet peeve. Being active on social media networks,
I see it every day! I wish I could correct everyone. There are some minor ones that we all make but then there are others that are so obvious. Annoying really.
Q: What is your guiding philosophy?
A: Everything in this life happens for a reason, be it good or bad. There’s a blessing in every disappointment, and for every missed opportunity, there’s a bigger and better one on the way. Some people dwell on negatives and it hinders them from living life. It’s the way that you handle every situation that determines your character. It’s not what happens to you but the way that you react to what happens to you that matters most.
Q: If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
A: Give young, educated adults such as myself a chance to prove how much of a change we can make to our society. A day is all we need; my generation is powerful beyond belief. We are smart, innovative, creative, grounded and motivated. So many words I can use to describe young people such as myself, who are deprived of valuable opportunities because our society believes that age defines experience. Experience comes with knowledge and opportunity; the latter is what we need. Just a chance and we’ll make a difference.