Anguillian athlete breaking records, forging her own path in international arena

Rechelle Meade
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Rechelle Meade is on a Full Athletic Scholarship at the University of Idaho. In 2017, as a freshman, Rechelle made it to the Big Sky Conference Championships in her first season for both indoor and outdoor competition and holds the title of Freshman of the Year 2017 for both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

This year, as a sophomore, Rechelle shattered the university’s record in the long jump, set 15 years ago. She now holds the indoor and outdoor records for the University of Idaho in the long jump.


(OECS Newsroom) This month, OECS YES In Action caught up with Rechelle Meade, a 21-year-old Anguillian student-athlete making history at the University of Idaho.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a student athlete at the University of Idaho. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Health with the hope of becoming an athletic trainer – in a rehabilitation clinical area or for sports teams. Outside of being a jumper and short sprinter, I love relaxing. I may train 6 days a week but I cherish my free time to rejuvenate; I can lay in bed all day and not move a muscle. I love eating, sometimes cooking, crafting and hanging out with a small group of friends.

Rechelle competes in the long jump. (Photos via OECS)

What sparked your interest in athletics?
Early on, at Stoney Ground Primary School, I noticed my talent in athletics. I am very competitive and when I was younger the attention I got from beating someone else, who was also talented, had me on cloud nine.

In about the 4th or 5th grade, I learned that I could earn a scholarship doing what I was already having fun doing! This just made me put more of myself into it.

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