Dominique sporting her trophy and sweatsuit from qualifying for the Women Colgate Games finals
Dominique Jackson, age 13 had a pretty good meet at the USATF Youth Indoor Nationals last week. She ran a 25.69 in the 13-14 girls 200 meter which was the fastest time of the event. She runs for the Velocity Track Club in New York.
Dominique is an 8th grader this year and attends Jonas Bronck Academy - MS 228 in the Bronx, New York. For high school she has been accepted to Pelham Preparatory Academy High School in the Bronx, New York in Sept.
Favorite subject is science and has an 85.71 average and wants to major in forensic science.
She also has a goal of being an Olympic Athlete.
Younger sister Danielle also runs track and looks up to Dominique as her role model.
Winston Dinkins has been coaching Dominique since she was 7 years old and said "I've watched Dominique mature to a good student athlete. She is starting to understand the importance of track & field and where it could take her. I'm sure she will reach her goals."
Recently she was awarded a $500 Educational Grant and a Trophy from the Colgate Women's Games.
If you haven't heard of it The Colgate Women's Games is the nation's largest amateur track series open to all girls from elementary school through college and beyond. Competitors participate in preliminary meets and a semi-finals to determine finalists who will compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company. So, it's kind of a big deal to get one of their grants.
The goal of the Colgate Games is to provide an athletic competition that helps the participating young girls and women develop a strong sense of personal achievement, self-esteem, instill the importance of education and provide a training ground for those who might not otherwise participate in an organized sport.
Colgate-Palmolive launched the first Colgate Women's Games in 1973, with 5,000 young women from the New York area participating in the initial series. Today, more than 11,000 registrants from all over the East Coast - from Boston to Virginia - compete. Preliminary meets and a semi-final competition determine finalists who compete for trophies and educational grants in aid at the Finals.
The Games' website at http://www.colgategames.com/ posts scores and points for all place-finishing participants so track stars from all over the country can now compare their times and scores with Colgate Women's Games competitors in their own age/grade division if you want to check it out.
Domniques "fast time" in the 200 at Youth Indoor Nationals
And of course "The Medal" and the smiles.