Former Camperdown High School standout Remaldo Rose was honoured yesterday at the 14th staging of the Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium.
Rose, who showed tremendous potential as a junior athlete, told The Sunday Gleaner that he was elated to be honoured by those whom he worked hard to make proud while he was an athlete.
"After putting your body through so many struggles and pain, it is good to know persons out there actually appreciate the hard work that you do. It means a lot to me," Rose said.
In the early 2000s, Rose almost single-handedly revived Camperdown's status as the sprint factory.
The native of Gayle, St Mary, was outstanding in Class Two, winning the sprint double in record-breaking times in 2004. He also won the sprint-double in Class One.
Rose is one of a few sprinters to have won the 100 metres in all three classes at Boys and Girls' Championships.
"It was mind-boggling to hear so many people shouting 'C'down!' those days," Rose remembered. "A lot of people came out to support us then, and I really appreciate it."
Though on the track Rose was a warrior, former teacher at Camperdown Cynthia Cooke said that he was an angel when he was not running.
"One year, they were expected to win the 4x100m relay, and one of the athletes dropped the baton and Remaldo would not leave until he found him and comforted him and let him know that he was still welcome among everybody else," Cooke recalled. "I think that is the nature of Remaldo Rose. It was not about him, he was always out there to make sure that his team was OK."
Rose's track career ended at the beginning of the decade after battling a number of injuries. He was then invited by legendary coach Glen Mills to join the coaching staff at Racers track Club.
He said that he is hoping to fulfil the promise he showed as a junior athlete through coaching.
"Track and field is a broad spectrum. I was an athlete as well, but for me, that was almost like studying track and field, but now, I am a coach. So now, I am just trying to relay my knowledge," Rose said. "I have a few athletes right now. I am just hoping that I can take them as far as possible."