In June, Rimar Christie competed in the Barbados Track and Field National Championships. Finishing 5th in the 100-meter and 4th in the 200-meter, this first appearance at the national level is a huge step towards Christie’s goal of continuing his track career after graduation and eventually representing his home country in the Olympics.
His Barbados National Championship debut followed his appearance at the NCAA Div. II Outdoor National Championship representing NNU in the 100- and 200-meter events. Qualifying for nationals ended an outstanding season for Christie. He was named the 2013 outdoor male track athlete of the meet for his performance in winning three events at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.
Christie is a senior this year majoring in biology. While he has been hugely successful on the track, he chose NNU because of strong family connections—his cousin Christabel Leonce graduated in 2013, and another cousin, Onjoli Martelli, is a junior.
He credits NNU for helping solidify his trust in the Lord and for challenging him academically. “Spiritually, NNU has taught me to trust in God because He always has a plan for our lives. Academically, I’ve learned if you put in the effort, the results will reflect that. Hard work pays off.”
Coach John Spatz said of Christie, “Rimar has done the work on and off the track to become not only an outstanding athlete but also a leader on our team. He is serving as a team captain this year.”
Christie commented, “I’m looking forward to competing and continuing to improve at my sport; I want to build on the great season I had last year. As a team leader I hope to help and encourage others through my achievements and show them that with dedication and hard work, anything is possible.”