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Running on an Olympic dream

Tonya Nero racing at the Commonwealth Games 2018. Source:

“The proudest moment of my career was the day I missed the Olympic Marathon qualification time by 14 seconds. It helped me realise that my dreams are not out of reach.”

“How can you turn defeat to triumph?” I thought to myself. This young woman has the spirit and confidence of a mighty warrior.

You literally do a double take when you first meet Tonya Nero; she is petite, with a bright, infectious smile, and her training gear always funky and bright. I have seen her many times in my community in Maracas, St Joseph. She trains with the kind of focus and dedication that is enviable to anyone who admires the discipline of elite athletes.

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