Commonwealth Champion Michelle-Lee Ahye creates history for Trinidad and Tobago
Exactly three weeks after Trinidad and Tobago’s first-ever female President, Paula Mae-Weekes, took office, she was making a very important phone call. She was phoning Australia to congratulate Michelle-Lee Ahye, the sprint sensation who had just been crowned 100 metres Commonwealth Champion in another female first for the island nation – the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago ever to win the coveted track title.
Ahye clocked 11.14 seconds at the Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia on April 9, beating Jamaica's Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.21) who took silver and bronze respectively.
Ahye’s participation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland was blighted due to injury, and she devoted four years to make amends at the next Games on the Gold Coast, creating history in the process.
The morning after her win at a press conference, the achievement was slowly sinking in: “It feels amazing. This is my first gold medal in an individual event so it means a lot. I worked hard for it. I'm still shocked right now. My mum is still screaming. But it's an amazing feeling.”
Asked about the significance of the win back home, Ahye said: “I'm really proud to be a role model for the younger kids because some of them do need guidance. They need to see the female athletes doing good in any sport. I'm just happy I could give them that view for the future.”
Celebrating her success, TTOC President Brian Lewis said: “She has come from very challenging circumstances. A lot of what she's does as a professional athlete is to ensure that her mother, who has been her rock, and who has provided her with unwavering and unconditional love, is well taken care of."
"What people may not realise is that four years ago, at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, she was one of the favourites for a medal and due to injury she didn't achieve her goal. She has since harboured and treasured that ambition for four years and carried that flame in her heart."
"And this year, she achieved that goal. She's a role model for the modern athlete and a modern sports personality of the 21st century," he said.
Ahye is a true Commonwealth star – and deserving champion. An unassuming but outstanding athlete and role model for Trinidad and Tobago, she lets her achievements – and incredible body art – do the talking.