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blink | bmobile Network Engineer Invited to Compete at Penn Relays

On Your Mark – Martin Prime at a Training Session
blink | bmobile Network Engineer, Martin Prime, who has been running since the age of 11, was invited to compete with the Jamaican Master’s 4x100m team at the 2014 Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA.   The invitation came as a result of his performance at the 2014 World Masters Association Indoor Track and Field Championships held in March, in Budapest, Hungary, where he copped gold in the 50-54 year age group, 60m event, in a time of 7.44 seconds. 
 
“It feels like an honour to be asked to run with them (the Jamaican Master’s team),” said Prime. “They saw me run and sent me an email asking the T&T Master’s Association if I would run with them. They see it as an opportunity for them, but I consider it to be an even bigger opportunity for myself to be able to run with other regional athletes and gain additional experience.”
 
As he prepared to leave for Pennsylvania, Prime was in high praise of the staff at the blink | bmobile Laventille Work Centre, who support his running tremendously as well as the Company itself for all the assistance he has received to support his track and field career. 
 
“blink | bmobile supports my running by providing financial assistance when I travel, so I really want to thank them for that and I especially want to say thanks to my support staff at the Laventille Work Center,” said Prime. “The CEO in particular, Mr. George Hill has really supported me and my fan base here is huge, I really cannot thank them enough. Each time I go to compete, it’s like they send me on a mission,” he joked.
 
The ZC Athletic Sports Club coach has been more than impressive since joining the T&T Master’s Team four years ago, with his first outing occurring in 2012 at the World Master’s Outdoor Championships in Canada. There he struck gold in the 200 and 400 meter events. In 2013 he followed it up by returning with the largest medal haul on the 23-member team that attended the games, held in Brazil that year. This time around, he ran away with five medals – silver in the 4x400m (50-54 age group), and bronze in the 100m, 400m and 4x100m (50-54 age group) events. He was also asked to run a leg on the 4x100m team, (35-39 age group) which picked up a bronze.
 
However, due to the schedule of this year’s competition, the 52-year old opted to participate in just two events in Budapest. As previously noted, he ran in the 60m and 200m events copping gold and silver medals respectively. Prime conceded however that he was happy to even medal, as he suffered a cramp the night before the event and was not at his best. 
 
“I had a cramp, so I was very content with my finish, given the injury. I also took into consideration that the team came back with three medals and two of them were mine. The other medal was gold, won by Gwendolyn Smith for the Javelin event. 
 
Apart from running, Prime is also heavily involved in his church, Revival Time Ministry in San Fernando, where he volunteers to minister at Shamrock – a prison for homeless men.  Giving back comes naturally to the father of three and he explained that it was one of the reasons he got into coaching. Apart from just wanting to share his knowledge with youths, Prime explained that he also wanted to change the mindset of young people who seem to be going astray.
 
“I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the young people we have at our club,” he shared. “Some of them come from single parent homes and their parents look to us to help guide their kids. It has been good listening and seeing their progress thus far. None of us are perfect, but we just try to be good examples for them.”