Athletics Meets Science: Jamaica’s Pursuit of Greatness


“Athletics Meets Science–Jamaica’s pursuit to greatness” is a two-day conference that takes place on July 28 and 29at The University of East London-Stratford Campus (at Water Lane, Stratford, London).

Some of the questions to be addressed are: Why is Usain Bolt the fastest man alive? Why has Jamaica produced Olympic medalists such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell? Why do Jamaican athletes dominate track and field? Is it genetics? Environment? Diet? Or a combination of all three? Yams: Natural steroids or myths? Do mind games that influence performance? How do we prevent injuries and maintain the health of elite athletes? “Athletics meets Science” will also include documentary screenings and a photographic exhibition, chronicling the genealogy of Jamaican athletics over generations. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

Description: This special two day event (brought to you by We Are Parable and The University of West Indies, Jamaica) takes a fascinating look into just what makes Jamaican athletes such a force to be reckoned with on the world’s stage. From taking a detailed look at their diets to taking an in-depth look at just how they’re able to perform at such a high level, we’ll spend the two days giving you some of the insights that have been discovered over the years.

We’ve put together a programme of talks by professors, authors, psychology consultants and other prominent speakers who will guide you through how athletics and science have merged in such a unique way to develop elite athletes in a country that has a population of 4 million people (less than half of London!) [. . .]

Featuring talks from Dr. Rachael Irving, PHD, (Senior Research Fellow at The University of West Indies and Author of Jamaica Gold – Jamaican Sprinters), Professor Helen Asemota, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry at The University of the West Indies and former Consultant FAO, United Nations, Professor Taku Wakahara, Associate Professor of Doshisha University in Japan and many more, this a not to be missed event.

“Athletics Meets Science” forms part of Jamaica55 UK celebrations, supported by The Centre for Global Affairs, University of West Indies, Jamaicans Inspired UK and Black History Studies.

For details on speakers and events, see and

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