Senior Spotlight....Olympic Sprinter Kimberly Walker
April 12, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State track and field team member senior Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) sat down with seminoles.com for this edition of the Senior Spotlight.
How have you grown as an individual during your time at FSU?
I'm a little more mature now since I've grown up here over the last four years. I came to FSU when I was 18 years old and left a life where everything had been done for me. I was coming here from Trinidad and my parents were far away, so I really had to learn how to take care of myself.
How have you grown as an athlete?
My technique and conditioning have improved greatly since I was a freshman along with my knowledge of the technical side of running. I can now look at someone's form and see if their technique is good or bad. I may not be able to recognize my own problems but I can now see it in others.
Do you plan on continuing your track and field career once you graduate from FSU? What about coaching?
I hope to, but if finances are not able to cover it, then I will have to go find a job. I would not work as a coach.
What are your dreams and aspirations outside of track and field?
Since my degree is in geography, and urban planning is integrated into that, I plan to get a masters degree in urban planning.
If there is one characteristic you would like to be remembered by what would it be?
I've never had any conflicts with any members of the team, so that is a pretty good thing.
What is the best advice that you were ever given as a student-athlete?
Make sure to train and work hard but remember that you are here to get an education. Many athletes come to school with the mindset that they are just here to run or compete. Work hard and study hard, try to integrate both and find a balance.
Would you give that advice to an incoming freshman about academics and being an athlete?
Yes, we have the system in place that you have to pass your classes to stay eligible but I would recommend that everyone strive to get a decent (3.0) GPA so that they can get into grad school.
What will you miss the most about FSU?
The best part is being on a team. Even though track and field is an individual sport, it is good to have teammates to compete with and to train with is a good thing.