iON Featured Athlete: Brian Slater, U.S. Virgin Islands


This week we feature an inspired sprinter who is not afraid to pay dues and do what it takes to defeat the odds and make it to the next level! Meet Brian Slater, sprinter of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 
Genoiska Cancel Puerto Rico Sprinter

Brian Slater, racing against the odds.

What inspires you?

Having the ability to inspire others in what inspires me. Even if it’s only one person. Coming from a small division III college to having opportunities to represent my country is a fight and a blessing. Knowing that what i want to accomplish with track is bigger than myself inspires me. For that athlete that didn’t get recruited by that big division I school or not getting contacted by agents and shoes companies to keep fighting. To the Islands still rebuilding from those terrible hurricanes to keep fighting.

Brain Slater Attacks the 200 at University of South Carolina

 

What are your goals for this season?

My goals for the current season are to obtain the Virgin Islands National record in the 200m, complete in my second world relays and qualify for the Pan American games and world outdoor championships.

Brian Slater and his Virgin islands teammates at the 2015 World Relays

What is the most significant challenge you face in pursuing your goal?

Time management is a challenge. Having that balance of work, training to the best of my ability and i am studying to become a professional trainer and sports performance training.

"What inspires me is that is not about me but what I’m fighting to represent.​" ~ Brian Slater

What is a technical aspect of your sport you are focusing on or have previously improved?

Consistency with my drive phase, pushing and pulling with smooth transitions in eac