By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott has taken up duties as Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, after ending a 20-year career representing the BVI in Track and Field. She attended a seminar in Japan, this week.
“Yes, it’s official. I’ve officially retired,” she told Island Sun Sports in Miami on Friday. “The major thing that stands out in my career is basically my accomplishments, where I came from and how far I’ve gotten. I didn’t necessarily take track and field seriously. It was just something I was good at. To see myself going through High School undefeated, having numerous (Florida) state titles; going to college, being successful in college. Going into the SEC Conference and being competitive, winning a NCAA Indoor Championships silver medal (60m).”
She added: “Going into my professional career and was successful in gaining CAC Championships medals, CAC Games gold medals, getting an IAAF World Indoor Championships 60m bronze medal, I’m actually happy with my career. Sometimes you kinda think oh, you haven’t done enough, but when you look back at all the things you have accomplished, I must say, I had a good run.”
As she retires, Harrigan-Scott’s message to the younger athletes is never to quit. She said a tendency to focus on what they’re not doing or accomplishing, instead of focusing on the process of whatever they’re trying to achieve.
“Things don’t always happen overnight and with the generation we have now, we have now, we’ve fed them so much and given them so much because of the things we were lacking as kids, so they’re so accustomed to getting what they want, when they want at that present moment,” she noted. “With track and field and with life, as you get older, you have to work for the things you want to accomplish. My advice is to stick with whatever it is, no matter the downfall or struggles you’re going through or the highs. Sometimes, when you think you’re on top, the pressure is so high to keep that standard, but to just go through the process of whatever you’re trying to accomplish and don’t let the doubts and everything else defeat you.”
Even at 37, Harrigan-Scott’s 11.53 seconds 100m time, was the fastest by any BVI female athlete in 2019, with 13-year old Adajeah Hodge’s 11.91 the No 2 time this season.
She said her training was going well and everything was on target to run fast. However, when it came to training and competition tenacity, there was a big gap and a drop off.
“I never really got it together for competition, so I felt myself running faster times in training than in competition,” Harrigan-Scott explained. “With the ladies, I was expecting a stepping up but things don’t always go as you plan, so when you expect someone to do something and they’re not doing it, you have to revaluate what they’re doing or what they have to tune in on, to be come more successful in the next season. There’s ups and downs in track and field as in life, though you want to have that upward climb. Sometimes we have great performances one year and other times, now so great. So, I expect the females to come out good next year. But, it’s just the way of the sport.”