JAM | Jun 16, 2023

Jamaican fathers of social media: Usain Bolt

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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Olympic medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt. (Photo: Instagram @usainbolt)

With Father’s Day just around the corner, Our Today has decided to highlight popular fathers on social media who embrace active parenting and have used their platform to break stereotypes about fathers while also advising new and even seasoned fathers on how to be more present.

Today, the focus will be on Olympic medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt.

The retired sprinter is known as the fastest man in the world and currently holds records for the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relays, all records that have yet to be broken. However, the athlete is widely known for his historic time of 9.58 seconds that he clocked at the 2009 IAAF World Championships to set a world record.

In addition to his lightning speed on the track, the athlete has shown that with training, he can dominate the football industry. The world’s fastest man captained the World XI side in their 4-2 victory against England, as he helped his team win Soccer Aid for the fifth time in a row.

The 36-year-old has also dabbled in the music industry releasing singles Cryptic WorldWinning Is A Must, and Money Fast.

However, if you were to ask the athlete what his greatest accomplishment was, he might state becoming a father.

In May 2022, the athlete welcomed his first child, Olympia Bolt, with his partner Kasi Bennett. The following year, they welcomed the birth of their twins, Thunder Bolt and Saint Leo Bolt.

Since the birth of his children, the world record holder has dived head-first into the role of fatherhood and is sharing his journey on social media for everyone to witness.

In multiple videos and photos posted on his social media, the athlete is seen tending to his children, providing them with the love and support they need. He is also often caught on video by his partner Kasi, engaging in playful activities with his children.

In addition to being a father of three, Bolt is also a father figure and role model to many youths who aspire to be world record-holding athletes. When he is not enjoying the bliss of retirement, the record holder can be seen at many schools across the island motivating youths to capitalise on their skills and secure a bright future.

He can also be seen on the track, advicing upcoming athletes on how to dominate the field and increase their speed. You might even see him at a school’s sports day, cheering along with other parents who are ecstatic to see their young ones sprint to the finish line.

Wishing you a Happy Father’s Day Usain Bolt!


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