Keianna Albury... Under the watchful eye of her coach

One of the first time members of Team Bahamas to the World Championships in London is Keianna Albury, who currently runs at Penn State University and is part of the relay team in London. In a recent interview, she discussed making the national team, her prepartion and her relationships with coach Dianna Woodside-Johnson.


At the start of the year, Albury did not envision herself making the team, although it was always her goal. She struggled early in the outdoor season but regained focus after being motivated by her coach. Instead of worrying and putting pressure on herself to perform, Albury focused on progress she was making, running each race as if it was her last, giving each performance maximum effort. 


Keianna Albury was very excited making the team and realized it was a step up in competition, lining up against the best athletes in the world. Although racing against people with big names and reputations, Albury takes the approach that she can do the same things that they can. It's all what you bring on the day of the event, focusing on training hard and pushing to give it 100 percent.


Albury relishes the fact that she is back training with coach Dianna Woodside-Johnson, who is the an educator and most highly certified female coach in The Bahamas. It's an exciting opportunity for Albury, who said coach Woodside-Johnson is keeping her on her schedule and making sure she focuses on techniques and mechanics.


Being a first timer, there is bound to be some nervous moments for Albury but the mood of the team is good and there is plenty of veteran leadershipto provide that needed support and encouragement. The calming influence of those that have been there before helps first timers like Keianna Albury focus on what they need to do in order to compete at their highest level.


Albury is sure to take the wise advice of the coaches, which is not to worry about what's going on next to you. Stay focuses, don't be afraid and just go out and perform.


Whatever the results may be, Keianna Albury will make the most of this experience, learn from it, grow as an athlete and surely will make The Bahamas proud.

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