Mike Gomes
 

The Sprinter Factory

These are the girls running as fast as they can to be Jamaica’s new sprint champions in a country obsessed with its athletes. This is the story of the Champs national youth athletics competition that could change their lives.

Okhalia, Alesha and Shellece have their sights set on being the next Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the adored sprinting champion famous across Jamaica. At their schools, St Jago, Edwin Allen and Wolmer's High, there is a huge focus on nurturing the most talented girls and preparing them for the Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships – better known as the Champs, the tournament where stars are made. Amid pressure from their schools and parents, not to mention themselves, can the girls triumph at Champs 2017?

Credits

Director: Isaac Solotaroff

DP: Gregg De Domenico & Mike Gomes

Producer: Natasha Dack-Ojumu

Editors: Isaac Solotaroff and Noah Payne-Frank

Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton

Location

Location: Jamaica 

special Thanks

This video is produced in collaboration with the Sundance Institute Short Documentary Fund supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation