DHQ Tall Up, Razor B remember their Champs days
Fans of Jamaican music might know Dancehall Queen (DHQ) Tall Up for her dance moves and collaborations with the Team Spice dance crew.
However, there is more to her story, this as the dancehall queen was once a finalist at the annual ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships.
The former Herbert Morrison athlete, real name Keja Christie, made it to the finals in the 4x100 over five years ago and also participated in the 100 metres and Javelin throw.
She told THE STAR, "Running at Champs was like one of the most amazing experiences ever. As a youngster, Champs is like the mini Olympics. So being a part of it was like everything you can ever dream of as an athlete."
Tall Up, who is the sister of Dancehall Queen Danger, also said she has dreams of representing Jamaica on the Olympic stage.
She even attended GC Foster College, Lincoln University and Mexico Highlands via athletic scholarships.
"I'm not training right now. I stopped training last year June. Training was going on really great until I injured my two hamstrings while training for the Olympic trials," she said.
Christie said she wanted to make an entrance at the trials.
"I was in good shape so it was no doubt I would have qualified because I have a good coach ... I am so proud of my journey. It was never smooth and there were a lot of ups and downs. However I must say I have experienced a lot and I have travelled a lot in track and field as well as rubbed shoulders with great Olympians," she said.
Dancehall artiste Razor B was also an athlete during his formative years, when he was known only as Roger Cassup. He had a promising career early on.
"I got a scholarship to go to St Jago. I ran the 100, 200 and 4x100. I ran at Gibson Relays and won gold and at Champs and won bronze in the 4x100m for Class Three. I loved running and I loved to win. Second and third place wasn't really my thing, but Calabar and JC always seemed to run in front of me," he said.
However he too was hampered by injury.
"After Class 3, I was basically done. I got a hip injury in the 100 metres at Champs and that slowed me down," he said.
Champs concludes today at the National Stadium. Several entertainment events are also planned for tonight in celebration of the annual event.