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This Week We Feature Young Professional Omar A. Jones

April 28th, 2017 | Tags: Omar A. Jones coach athletics SOL BVI entrepreneur
Omar A. Jones is a graduate of the University of Houston, an employee of Sol BVI and athletics coach. Photo: Facebook
Coach Omar A. Jones with top thrower Eldred Henry at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Provided
Coach Omar A. Jones with top thrower Eldred Henry at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Provided
Omar A. Jones, seen here competing in the 2011 NJCAA Nationals Championship open Javelin, an event he won. Photo: Facebook
Omar A. Jones, seen here competing in the 2011 NJCAA Nationals Championship open Javelin, an event he won. Photo: Facebook
Young Professional Omar A. Jones (left) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business and Financial Planning from the University of Houston. He is also very much a family man. Photo: Provided
Young Professional Omar A. Jones (left) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business and Financial Planning from the University of Houston. He is also very much a family man. Photo: Provided
Mr Omar A. Jones with his child. Photo: Provided
Mr Omar A. Jones with his child. Photo: Provided
A graduate of the BVI High School, now Elmore Stoutt High School, where he was a B average student, our young professional today holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business and Financial Planning. Coaching young athletes; however, is his passion.

Omar is a well-respected person in his community and even more in the sports arena as coach of Olympic thrower Eldred Henry, the Gumbs sisters and the upcoming Gumbs brothers among others.

But there are those back stories, practices, values, goals and aspirations that have molded him to be the man he is today.

Omar growing up

Omar said he had a very healthy "Caribbean" childhood and spent a lot of time outdoors, involved in sports mostly.

“But my siblings and I also had the privilege to be given chores by our parents, grandparent, aunt, uncles, et cetera. So we learned the value of hard work from a young age.”

In addition to that, young Omar always had a passion for learning new things and from a tender age of 11, he was taught mechanics, woodwork, and electrical by close relatives and friends.

“I wasn't the average child whose days were filled with running around playing video games. I was more interested in learning how things work. That part of me hasn't changed one bit. I was never a lazy child. My mother would always complain that I never took a day off. I was always occupied with school work, sports (track and field, softball and basketball) or learning something new."

Toiling with business ideas

According to Omar, he is “going through the process” of becoming an entrepreneur.

“I'm not sure which business path I will focus on now, as I have so many business ideas and interests. I currently work full time at SOL (BVI) head office, and in the afternoons, sometimes weekends, I spend quality time doing my real passion, which is being a track and field coach for Top Notch Track Club."

Love for athletics

Omar is a former athlete who represented the Virgin Islands at various events, including the Javelin and Long Jump. He also competed for Central Arizona College and the University of Houston.

He credits people like Mr Winston Potter, Mrs Angelita Bernard, Mrs Anabelle Skelton-Malone, Mrs Lynelle Gumbs, and Mr Tony Dougherty for giving him guidance as an athlete and most importantly as a young man.

"Growing up as an athlete, receiving an education through athletic scholarships, and knowing all the opportunities that track and field provide for youths, I feel a sense of pride when I see young athletes excelling and going the extra mile to do well at sports.”

Having experienced the joy and opportunities of being an athlete, Omar now wants to be that voice in the back of their heads encouraging young athletes and telling them to keep pushing on and keep striving.

“I want them to know that giving up is for the weak, and that anything worth having does not come easy.

Not changing moral values

While change is good, not everything is worth changing and having a passion to help others, especially young athletes succeed, is not something Omar wishes to change.

"In 5 -10 years I see myself having the same morals with more qualifications, knowledge and experience. The joy of seeing the youth progress in life is what gives me the motivation to keep on pushing, and making positive differences in their lives.”

Omar shared too that he enjoys listening to a good Dancehall/Reggae/R&B playlist. “I spend a lot of time reading, and I occasionally hang out with friends."

Advice to youth

"My advice to young people today would be that it doesn’t matter how good you are now, or how much talent you think you have, if you want to progress in life, you always have to be better. Someone is always going to be better than you, work harder than you. If you shy away from the tough, honest conversations with yourself, you will struggle to step up to that next level. Always remember, reality in life is that we can’t change what everybody else is doing, we can only make changes for ourselves if we want things to be different."

20 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Omar A. Jones”

  • VI Youth (28/04/2017, 09:55) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great pick VINO! He's a hardworker indeed.
  • Cuzzy (28/04/2017, 10:17) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply

    Congratz

  • FYI (28/04/2017, 10:17) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is a great genuine guy...keep up the good work Coach
  • Old Pal (28/04/2017, 11:05) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep up da good positive vybes Soon on top Omar Jones!http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/this-week-we-feature-young-professional-omar-a-jones
  • big girl rules (28/04/2017, 15:20) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    And he is handsome too
  • A very Good Mechanic (28/04/2017, 15:49) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Omar. You are a very good person. You are the perfect role model for our youths.
    You did not disclose that you are one of the best mechanics around.
    Proud of you!!!!
  • Don R Small (28/04/2017, 16:04) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bravo Omar... I had the pleasure of meeting Omar in Tortola when he was a school boy and hosted him on visits to Barbados. He is a good example of what we want our young people to be; especially the young men. My friend and fellow "Racer", Mr. Potter and others did a great job guiding this young man. Continue to instill the same values that were taught to you by your teachers and coaches.
  • soo (28/04/2017, 17:44) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats! Cute handsome baby boy.
  • Truth (28/04/2017, 19:37) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another excellent pick VINO this young man is a very good role model for other young men
  • Mrs. B (28/04/2017, 20:32) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    This my son you deserve. You are everything said in the article and much more.
    You fill my heart with pride when I read about your accomplishments.
    Oh thanks for the mention. It was and still is my pleasure.
    You certainly did not let us down. TNTC salutes you
  • Leelee mama (28/04/2017, 20:43) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perfect example of what a man should be. I'm proud of you Omar. keep doing what you do. I know you wont ever give up on the youths. And I know you being modest because you still didnt mention half the stuff you do to help ppl out. Thanks for giving him recognition VINO! He deserves it.
  • Honestly (29/04/2017, 00:20) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think we tend to underestimate the impact of these men on our society when they are doing positive things.

    Thanks VINO thanks Omar God Bless
  • the rock (29/04/2017, 07:16) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    My brother, it is so inspiring to read this, u truly are one of a kind guy, I wish you all God's blessing over your life and family!
  • KB (29/04/2017, 09:04) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shout-out to Omar, we need more young men like him the community. He's a very hard worker, smart and an excellent entrepreneur. Qualities such as these makes him a great mentor to the young athletes around him. Great pick VINO.
  • GR (29/04/2017, 10:37) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great going, Omar! I always loved this kid, and enjoyed having him in my classes - especially with his ready smile and easy-going personality.
  • Teacher J.A (30/04/2017, 00:58) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Always respectful. All the best in your future endeavours.
  • Cuz (30/04/2017, 08:15) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another one out of the park 100 % rated you go bouy
  • Teacher (30/04/2017, 18:18) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Had the opportunity to teach this young man for a school year at BVI High. He was definitely quite a nice and well mannered young man.


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