Aiken Meets Bolt
Usain Bolt arrived in Glasgow, dazzled the world’s press, then promptly disappeared from sight apart from a few Twitter sightings.
But Brisbane-based Jamaican netballer Romelda Aiken not only met Bolt, she secured a “once-in-a-lifetime” photo with her countryman.
The Queensland Firebirds goal shooter was extremely coy about the location of the shot, which appeared on her Instagram account, but said Bolt is an inspiration to Jamaican athletes who want to follow in his footsteps.
She giggled as she detailed their meeting, with Jamaican athletes struggling to understand the world’s obsession with the world’s fastest man.
“It was just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I just saw him and I happened to get a photo,” she said.
“I haven’t seen him walking around the village because everyone will be bombarding him. I have no idea where he is at the moment, I can’t say.
“He is just a normal chilled, do-what-we-do Jamaican relaxed guy. He is just a laid back kind of person.
“He seems pretty cool, pretty chilled out, pretty relaxed. He just goes with the flow.”
At Bolt’s press conference last weekend he said he would stay in his room in the athletes village, but surprisingly he hasn’t been sighted in a compound containing 7000 athletes.
There is continuing speculation he is doing his own thing away from the village in a Glasgow appearance that pushes Brand Usain but has no risk of an embarrassing loss.
Bolt is yet to visit his Jamaican netballing sisters as promised, but did tweet a pair of pictures showing him in training mode in the Commonwealth Games city.
He will run in the 4 x 100 relay with his teammates on Sunday morning (EST).
In London, as he exploded with three gold medals, he was everywhere, even DJing in Brick Lane to celebrate his success.
Aiken said he had made no promises about appearing to see the netballers when they crossed paths.
“I don’t know, I just heard he would be coming to watch the netball so hopefully he will come by. It was just hi and bye, that’s it,” Aiken said.
“Definitely it’s exciting to know that he’s here and he wants to support not just us but netball in general and for him to come out and support anyone that’s playing.
“I think it’s really exciting to have someone like that not just for Jamaica but for other people to look up to for what he’s doing and he’s carrying the Jamaican flag really high.
“We are really proud of what he’s doing and heaps of us are trying to follow in his footsteps so we are definitely looking up to him.”