10 Caribbean Olympic Athletes you should follow on Instagram

Over the past couple of decades, the Caribbean has produced many world class athletes in athletics and is gradually opening up to other sport disciplines. Here’s a look at a few of the competing athletes’ Instagram accounts who are visually sharing their life achievements with the world.

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1. Alia Atkinson (Swimming, Jamaica)

@alia_atkinson

Led by Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica has historically been the country of athletic sensations. However, Alia Atkinson shines the spotlight on the island's swimming talents. Her 100m Gold medal hit a number of milestones:

  • She is the first black woman to win a swimming world title.
  • In equaling the world record of 1:02.36 set by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in 2013, she is only the second black woman to hold a world short course record, following Enith Brigitha of the Netherlands 40 years ago.
  • She won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in world swimming championships.

It is exciting to see swimming gaining even more popularity not only in Jamaica, but across the Caribbean region. Swimming talents are coming from the Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, and there will be more sensational swimmers competing at international levels in the near future. But for now, follow Alia on her Instagram account to get a glimpse of her life.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @alia_atkinson

2. Usain Bolt (Track, Jamaica)

@usainbolt

Here he is, the man himself – Usain Bolt, the man of great charisma, humour, inspiration, social responsibility and of course, fast sprints. Whether you see him dancing Samba with Brazilian girls at a press conference or you casually bump into him somewhere on the road at a Carnival in the Caribbean, Usain is certainly someone you want to follow on Instagram. The Jamaican golden boy is about to write history at his 4th Olympic entry and we have no doubt that the “Lightning Bolt” will make his final Olympic Games even more memorable than his first.

Usain on Instagram - good vibes guaranteed!

Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @usainbolt

3. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Track, Jamaica)

@Realshellyannfp

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce is one of the greatest athletes in the world right now. Winning golds at Beijing and London Games, as well as gold at the 2009, 2013 and 2015 World Championships, Fraser-Pryce at just 5 ft tall, is a powerhouse of speed. In Rio, not only does she stand good chances to win another gold medal, she is also totally on-trend with her colourful and patriotic hairstyles. Follow Shelly on Instagram for sport, fitness, travel and style insights!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @Realshellyannfp

4. Naomy Grand’pierre (Swimming, Haiti)

@naomygp


Another swimming sensation from the region – Naomy Grand’pierre is the first female swimmer competing for Haiti at the Games. Although in the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships, a competition that serves as a last-chance Olympic qualifier for the Caribbean region, Grand’Pierre finished 7th in the 50m freestyle final with a 27.67, a bit off of her 27.35 from prelims (note: she missed the qualification by less than 1 second); however, she was still selected under the Universality Rule which allows a country with no qualifying swimmers to invite up to one male and one female athlete to compete in a single event.

Her Instagram account will give you insights into the world of a swimmer, her life and travels.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @naomygp

5. Keshorn Walcott (Javelin, Trinidad & Tobago)

@goldenkingwalcott

Keshorn Walcott caused a sensation at London 2012, winning javelin gold at the age of only 19. Back then he stunned a nation that barely even knew he existed. The young Trinidadian is now on the mission to retain his title in Rio.

Follow Walcott on Instagram. His feed is full of impressive athletic pictures, travels, island life, family and philanthropy pictures.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @goldenkingwalcott

6. Clayton Laurent, Jr. (Boxing, U.S. Virgin Islands)

@mrfocus_

Clatyton Laurent is a super heavyweight boxer from the United States Virgin Islands and son of the legendary champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. However, he is not the only Olympic contestant besides his father in the family. His two step-brothers, Julius and John Jackson competed in the Beijing Games. Follow him on Instagram for some heavy weight boxing class feeds.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @mrfocus_

7. Njisane Phillip (Trinidad Cycling Track)

@Kingnjisan

Njisane Phillip showed his 2012 London Olympic Games semi-finals appearance was no fluke

as he rode to a world-class silver medal performance in front of a packed house. Previously nominated for his efforts for four awards at the Sprint of Sport Awards T&T, Njisane is out to prove again at Rio Olympics that he has the medal factor.

On his Instagram account, Phillip’s feed is about bad boy shots, sports and island life. All in all, he seems like he'd be fun to hang out with.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @Kingnjisan

8. Adriana Y. Diaz Gonzalez (Table tennis, Puerto Rico)

@diazadriana123

At the tender age of 15, Adriana is a table tennis player who qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio representing Puerto Rico. This young Puerto Rican girl has already achieved numerous medals at international table tennis competitions. Her Instagram feed is about being a young girl who dreams big and reaches for the stars.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @diazadriana123

9. Toni-Ann Williams (Gymnastics, Jamaica)

@toniann_williams

Let’s look at Rio 2016 and one thing we have noticed is that the diversity in women’s gymnastics is great. Why is this important? Historically, gymnastics on a global level had mostly European, white American or Asian participants.

For this reason, it is even more important that contestants from the Caribbean are competing at a senior international level. Toni-Ann is a Jamaican gymnast who is the first female gymnast to represent Jamaica. Her Instagram feed captures everything gymnastics and is an inspirational place for young girls who are interested in gymnastics.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Credit - @toniann_williams
Comments
 rambu

So many more great athletes to follow such as Jenniger Abel - Canada but of Haitian descent @jennabel91, Guadeloupean judo sensation Teddy Riner @teddyriner, Puerto Rican tennis gold medalist Monica Puig @monicaace93 etc

on 17/8/16
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