Kanika Beckles is the lone female competitor for Grenada in track and field at the Rio Olympic Games. It’s her second participation at an Olympic Games and will be attempting to better her performance in London four years ago. She has a season best of 52.61 seconds.
Beckles has been hampered by a torn hamstring and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction which side-lined her for six months in 2013. She is still on the rebound and has been improving this season.
She considered her most memorable achievement was qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games which she described as challenging but felt very motivated and the experience as great.
“Athletics help me in every aspect of my life. I want to be an individual who encourages positivity and inspire upcoming athletes to believe in their dreams.”
Beckles majored in Agricultural leadership and educational development at Texas A&M University.
Name: Kanika Beckles
Place of Birth: Trinidad
Sport: Track & Field (400 metres)
Coach: Vince Anderson
School: Texas A&M
Where and when did you begin your sport? Grenada
Why did you begin this sport? From a very early age I was involved in track and as I got older I realised how fun and beneficial it was to me so I started taking it seriously.
Club: St David’s Track Blazers
Current coach: Vince Anderson
What year did you make your senior international debut? 2011
What is your most memorable sporting achievement? Qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It was a challenging year to begin with, however, I was very motivated and the experience was great.
Who is the most influential person in your career? Denise Williams
Any major injuries? I was out for two months in 2012 with a torn hamstring and I was side-lined for six months in 2013 following ACL reconstruction.
What is your sporting philosophy? Athletics help me in every aspect of my life. I want to be an individual who encourages positivity and inspire upcoming athletes to believe in their dreams.
Who is your sporting idol? Hazel-Ann Regis-Buckels