Taffe with Hasely Crawford ( from the left ) and Jehue Gordon.... 




The next name, the next big track and field star from Trinidad and Tobago, that’s the hope of young track athlete Ayodele Taffe, born on September 13th, 1994, in central Trinidad Waterloo. Taffe went to his first international meet in 2010, at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore; he ran 10.98secs in the boys 100m exiting at the first round. His best time 2010 was 10.86, Santo Domingo; in 2011 his best time was 10.71secs. Taffe like any young sprinter would have hoped for better performances in 2012, having ended 2011 with a best time of 10.71 at the Carifta Games, in Montego Bay Jamaica. This did not stop this sprinter from setting himself, faster times that he would like to achieve. for himself but he the times he has achieved  He has thus far has gone way beyond his own expectations, at the Carifta trials in Trinidad, he ran times of 10.88, 10.63 and 10.54 in the final, finishing second to another young talent, John Mark-Constantine, clocked a personal best 10.36secs. At the Carifta Games in Bahamas, he didn’t have the same performances, with his best performance, coming in the boys under 20 4x100m relay final, with Trinidad and Tobago finishing second in 40.36secs. After the Carifta Games though, his performances improved with each run at the President Classic he ran 10.52secs, at the Twilight Games, he repeated his 10.5 performance but it wasn’t until the Junior Championships held in June, times of 10.4 in the semi final and winning the final in a personal best time of 10.30secs. One may have thought that winning the Junior Championships and going to the Junior Pan American Championships to be held in August would of been his main focus, that was not so, at the Senior Track and Field Championships he ran 10.47 in the opening round, in the semi final he finished third in a wind-assisted time of 10.24secs and bettered that in the final by finishing fifth in 10.19w, finishing ahead of Olympic Medallists Emmanuel Callender and Aaron Armstrong. With that performance he has earned himself a spot the 4x100m relay team for World Championships in Moscow, Russia. He was also chosen on the team to the Central America and Caribbean Championships in Mexico.Taffe, who has a Jamaican father, was once encouraged to run for the Jamaica something he thought about but his mother made sure that did not happen. For this promising sprinter from Abilene Wildcats, has a lot to be thankful for given that he contemplated quitting the sport in 2012, when the results wasn’t going the way that he expected. With the support of family, close friends and his coach Charlie Joseph, he has rallied through the hard times, to see his performances improve this year. With the possibility of College in the United States on the horizon, this young star will have the opportunity to continue his dream of being the next big name. One will hope that he is guided correctly so that he can achieve his potential.