WILLIAMS Delano < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Turks and Caicos Islands   
Gender Men
Born 23 Dec 1993
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Malvern, JAM
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, French
Higher education Marketing - University of the West Indies: Kingston, JAM
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began running at age 12.
Why this sport? His talent was spotted by a teacher who saw him running to retrieve a softball. When a hurricane destroyed his school in 2008, another of his teachers, a Jamaican named Neil Harrison, persuaded his mother to enrol him in Munro College, a Jamaican boarding school with a strong sports programme. He went with Harrison to Jamaica at age 14 on a scholarship from the Turks and Caicos Islands government.
Club / Team Enfield & Haringey: London, ENG
Name of coach Neil Harrison, JAM, from 2014
General Interest
Injuries He was unable to compete at the 2015 British Championships in Birmingham, England, due to a hamstring injury. (athleticsweekly.com, 03 Jul 2015)

He suffered a groin strain at the 2012 British Olympic Trials in Birmingham, where he placed seventh in the 200m. (telegraph.co.uk, 24 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Stay Humble and Be Positive." (Twitter profile, 25 Apr 2016)
Awards and honours In 2015 he received the Turks and Caicos National Youth Achiever's award and the TCI Excellence in Sports award. (tcweeklynews.com, 11 Jan 2016)

He was the flag bearer for Turks and Caicos Islands at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (d2010.tgf.com, 06 Oct 2010)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Outside of sport he plans to become an estate agent and a businessman. (tcweeklynews.com, 11 Jan 2016)
He was born and raised in Turks and Caicos Islands, but Hurricane Ike in 2008 forced him to move to Jamaica after his school was totally blown down. (dailymail.co.uk, 07 Apr 2012)

His native country of Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory so its citizens are entitled to a full UK passport. He was granted his UK passport in March 2012. As Turks and Caicos does not have its own National Olympic Committee, he would have been unable to represent them at an Olympic Games. So he decided to make the switch to Great Britain. In June 2013 he completed the process of changing allegiance, making him eligible for Great Britain selection in all international competitions. (telegraph.co.uk, 03 Apr 2012; trackalerts.com, 24 Jun 2013; independent.co.uk, 23 Apr 2014; telegraph.co.uk, 03 Apr 2012)

He established the Delano Williams Foundation to benefit young athletes in any sport in Turks and Caicos Islands. His foundation is supported by Nike and helped outfit the Turks and Caicos Islands team at the 2015 CARIFTA Games in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis. (tcweeklynews.com, 21 Apr 2014; tcweeklynews.com, 11 Jan 2016)