JAM – J’can hurdler Tapper wants to use life story to inspire other

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Megan Tapper of Jamaica competes in the Women’s 100 Metres Hurdles heats during the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

She is one of the shortest women in international sprint hurdling — listed officially at 5’1” — but that has never made her feel daunted.

Megan Tapper, formerly Megan Simmonds, has represented Jamaica both as a junior and senior athlete and even as she continues to add pages to her personal story, she is ready to inspire others from the challenges that she has already faced on her journey.

Since 2016, she has represented the country at all major track and field meets, beginning with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the World Championships in London, England in 2017; the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, 2018; and again at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, 2019.

Blessed with having the opportunity to train with someone, who some say is the greatest female sprinter of all times, Tapper says that she always draws inspiration from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

“I always keep in mind what Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce always says, ‘What’s for you, will always be for you, nothing or no one can change that’.”

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By: Dwayne Richards, Jamaica Observer

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