Barrett Jr sets sights on professional circuit
Buoyed by his Under-20 Carifta Games shot put record, Calabar High athlete Warren Barrett Jr says he is now focused on going professional and making a number of Jamaican teams in the coming years.
Barrett threw a personal-best 19.97 metres to emphatically claim gold on the final day of the 45th Carifta Games at the Grenada National Stadium last week. Sanjae Lawrence of Jamaica produced 18.89m for silver and Josh Hazard of Grenada pocketed bronze with a throw of 17.18m.
He is now looking forward to getting into the 20-metre range.
"It's kind of expected because I put in the work in shot put. I just did what I had to," he said of his exploits.
"I would really like to go pro because I really like the sport," he told STAR Sports.
Barrett, who will move on to tertiary-level education at the University of the West Indies, said: "No clubs, just UWI and to continue training with my coach (Julian Robinson) and, hopefully, I will make a couple national teams this year and the year after."
Barrett said he wants to make the North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) championships this year. With the addition of the United States and Canada, he expects the meet to present exciting competition and challenges for him.
"They have a couple of 20m guys and I am yet to surpass that distance, and that is the ultimate aim. With competition, I am sure I will surpass it," he continued.
Despite finishing a disappointing third in the shot put at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships behind Petersfield's Lawrence, he said he was happy to turn the tables at Carifta.
"Mentally, I am very strong, so the disappointment at Champs was not really hindering me, I just had to forget that. Going into Carifta, I knew I was representing my country, so I had to lay it all down for my country," he emphasised.