TSTT Network Engineer Demonstrates Prime Form Once Again in Costa Rica

Martin Prime takes a commanding lead in the 100 metre race

TSTT Network Engineer, Martin Prime, recently returned from the North, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) World Masters Athletics Championships in San Jose, with five medals to add to his already impressive 2014 medal haul.

The 52-year-old took part in the Men's 50-54 year categories of the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. He copped gold in all of the events except the 400m in which he finished 3rd and the 4x400m relay in which his team copped silver. Prime made a courtesy visit to acting TSTT CEO George Hill to share details on his recent success. Hill was full of admiration for Prime's accomplishments especially as he was a TSTT employee bringing more glory to the country. “Martin embodies the spirit of excellence and continuous improvement that is key to personal success and as part of his extended family we are extremely proud of him and what he symbolizes for the company.”

What made Prime's performance even more notable was the fact that he had to run the preliminaries for the 100m on the Friday morning of the event at 10 am, followed by the 400m finals at 1pm. He then had to return on Saturday morning to run the 100m finals at 10 am, followed by the 200m preliminaries at 2 pm and still made it back on Sunday to run the 200m finals at 8 am and finish up with the relays at 11 am and 12 pm. “Costa Rica was hard on my body,” he said. “At the end of the 200m finals I was a bit sore and more or less going through the motions after that.” Still however, the two medals followed.

According to Prime, his success has come in more than just medals, but also in his ability to improve on his personal times. “It has been a successful season for me and I am very pleased with how it went because I was able to actually run faster than last year, even coming off a slight injury,” he said. “It is said that as you get older you get slower, but I have been able to run faster each year and I want to run even faster next year so I am already doing some adjustments in my program because I believe I can in fact go faster.

With his mind now set on breaking the 200m record in his age group, Prime was sure to make note of the support he has received from his TSTT co-workers and members of management who have continued to motivate him. “Support from TSTT has been wonderful, once again they supported me financially for my last trip and the moral support I get from staff members has been really encouraging,” he shared. “The support I get from management and staff goes a long way in encouraging me. It's a big plus for me when they shake my hand and tell me congrats and to keep going, letting me know that they will continue to support me in the future because they know that more positives will come out of it and they want to be a part of that.

Known for his volunteer work with Shamrock Prison and his heavy involvement in his church, Revival Time Ministry in San Fernando, Prime did not neglect to thank God for allowing him to accomplish all he has and said he hopes that through his success, he can encourage others to get up and become more active and see what they can do as well. “I do all of this with the help of the Lord, I always put God first and it is something I try to get people to understand, I don't do this on my own strength,” he said. “A lot of people cannot do what I am doing, I recognize that and I am thankful so I use it to encourage others.

The meet was Prime's last for the year and rounds up an exceptional season in which he picked up gold and silver in the Men's 50-54 year age group, 60m and 200m respectively at the World Master's Association Indoor Track and Field Championships in Budapest, Hungary in March, to finish as the no. 1 ranked runner in his age group at the end of that meet. Following that performance, he was invited to run a leg on the Jamaican Master's 4x100m team at the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA in April.

Prime's has been running since the age of 11, and joined the T&T Master's team four years ago, with his first outing for T&T coming two years later. At his first meet at the World Master's Outdoor Championships in Canada, he picked up gold medals in the 200m and 400m events. A year later, in Brazil, he won 5 medals - the largest haul on the 23-member team - picking up silver in the 4x400m (50-54 age group), bronze in the 100m, 400m and 4x100m (50-54 age group) events and bronze in the 4x100m 35-39 age group team.

He has now shifted focus to ensuring that he qualifies for the World Outdoor Masters Championships being held in France next year.

The Masters' athlete is equally passionate about paying it forward. He had been a member of the Brooklyn Sports club since the age of 12 under the famed Zeno Constance and when Coach Constance passed away several years ago, the name Brooklyn Sports Club was retired. In honour of the popular coach, club members formed a new organization using the former coach's initials and ZC Athletics was born. Prime is one of the head coaches in ZC Athletics along with Alicia Tyson Clark and out of the Manny Ramjohn Stadium they coach athletes ranging from 7 years of age all the way to the Masters' category.

From left – TSTT’s Ag. CEO George Hill greets Martin Prime