Often described as the Peter Pan of athletics, Kim Collins’ never-ending journey continues as the 37 year old prepares for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix on 11-12 July.
The 2003 100m World Champion will make his second visit to the city this year after captaining the Commonwealth Select team to victory at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match in January.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to the Hampden Diamond League. Glasgow is a place where I’ve been able to compete in the last few years at the International Match and there is a great fan base there.
“I have many memories of Glasgow and one of the most important things that athletes love is that the fans are so supportive and get behind everyone competing. You feel really warm when the fans reach out to you, showing their love and support almost like they know you personally when you get there.
“It’s really touching to have the support I get when I come to the UK. I’m not in a position to have my whole family travel with me so it really means a lot to have people in the stands supporting me for all those years.”
Collins is evidence that age in no barrier, underlined by his record breaking achievements in 2013. Rewind back to the Lausanne Diamond League in July when the man from St Kitts and Nevis recorded a personal best clocking 9.97 and in doing so succeeded Britain’s Linford Christie as the fastest 37 year old in the history of the sport.
A final pay cheque isn’t on the cards for Collins, and he is looking to benefit from home support at Hampden.
“You welcome all challenges and you understand that everyone comes to win and there are always those forces to be reckoned with. When you have athletes competing on home ground, it can help but also hurt. If James gets help from the crowd, it going to hurt us, but if he isn’t able to keep his composure, the crowd can actually hurt him.”
While the spikes are not destined to be hung up quite yet, Collins knows exactly how he would like to be remembered by the people that have followed him through his illustrious career.
“Without a doubt, I’d hope to be remembered as one of the most consistent athletes that stepped on the track. Based on the way the body is and the way we train, you’re able to repeat the times and not have an extreme variation. But I’m happy to come and compete, have a wide fan base and know that I was honest and genuine not just to me but the fans and the sport as a whole.”
Register for tickets to see Kim run at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix now by heading to http://www.loveathletics.britishathletics.org.uk/Hampdenpark/