Florant, a triple jumper who hails from Mahaut, participated in the European Athletics Indoor Championships on 1st March, 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he made the finals and broke his own national indoor record.
He currently represents Holland (Netherlands) because he holds a Dutch passport inherited from his mother, Vernie Esprit. His mother was born in Curaçao, but is also a Dominican.
His father, Curtis Florant, was owner of C&M Motors Limited in Roseau and previous sponsor of C&M Motors Potters Football Team.
In an interview with European Athletics after the Indoor Championships, Florant said that he is reaping the benefits of his hard work.
“It feels really good. I have worked really hard over the past four years and I’m just really happy that I’ve made history for my country by being the first triple jumper in the finals of the European Championships”.He indicated further that his goal is to continue improving his personal best, particularly at the upcoming World Championships.
“I’m expecting very good results. I have had many injuries in the past but now I’m really healthy and the quality is really good”.
While he noted that the sport takes a lot of dedication and has a lot of injuries associated with it, the results are rewarding and keep him motivated to excel.
He told Dominica Vibes on Thursday, 27th June that his performance at the European Athletics Indoor Championships is a very solid accomplishment considering the strength of technical events in Europe.
Florant attended the St Mary’s Primary and St Mary’s Academy and represented Dominica in football and athletics.
He holds several national records in Dominica including the under17 triple jump, under 20, 100m and senior 4x100m relay, won a bronze medal in the under 17 triple jump at the Carifta Games and participated in several other competitions including the World Junior championship.
After high school, he attained a scholarship to the US for athletics and completed a bachelors of science in Finance and later a master’s degree in Management.
He also started a professional athletic career but due to lack of funding and facilities, switched countries, to maximize his potential as an athlete.“So far it’s been working out great. Naturally at heart I would rather see myself representing my homeland Dominica, but I was left with no other choice considering I wanted to pursue my athletic career,” he said.
He also praised his then, junior coach Emmanuel Loblack, who introduced him to the triple jump while at SMA and the Olympians Athletic Club, for helping him to realize his potential in athletics.
“Mr. Loblack played an imperative role in my development in sports while I was in Dominica. He is, and was very dedicated; rain or sunshine, morning or night, he was available to train me and my teammates. And, it’s because of his dedication I was able to excel to a high level,” he said.
He believes that a track & field stadium equipped with all the facilities and amenities as obtains in other countries, would help Dominican athletes to excel.
“We have a lot of “Usain Bolts” in Dominica but we don’t tap into these talents due to lack of facilities,” he said.
He is hopeful that the government will see the importance of investing in sports, especially athletics, and possibly use it as a marketing tool to attract more visitors to Dominica.
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