Our Olympian: GraceKennedy’s D’wayne Extol Pursues Olympic Glory

Our Olympian: GraceKennedy’s D’wayne Extol Pursues Olympic Glory
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Not every company can boast that they presently employ a track star outside of promotional purposes, yet GraceKennedy isn’t your average corporation. Therefore, it isn’t that much of a surprise to know that we have one in our midst, yet it’s still a big deal! It’s not every day you come across someone actively pursuing an Olympic title while working full-time.


GraceKennedy’s Social Media Officer, D’wayne Extol is presently training for the Olympics, hoping to represent Jamaica in Rio in 2016. To the average person, such a feat would seem unattainable, yet D’wayne is no stranger to track and field competition or success– having anchored Wolmer’s Boys School to their historic ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ Championship win in 2010. He further went on to do track and field while pursuing his degree in Electronic Media and Broadcast Journalism at two overseas universities, ultimately graduating from Texas Tech University in December of 2014.

Yet, how did a young man with such great dreams end up working with GraceKennedy? “Though I’d always known of GraceKennedy, since they were the title sponsors of Champs and Douglas Orane is a past Wolmerian, I’d never really thought of working here. I needed something to do during the days in between training, and I applied for the job and got it.” One shouldn’t think that D’wayne’s time with GraceKennedy has been anything but stellar though, it turns out. “GraceKennedy has cemented within me the ability to interact with different people at different levels. It’s a family company, and I’ve developed a family here. Sometimes I’ll even forget which department I work in, since I’ll spend time with other departments working on their social media strategy. I feel welcomed here.”

However, as D’wayne puts it, the experience at GraceKennedy doesn’t stop there. “As the Social Media Officer I have to interact with persons throughout the company as well as outside. It has taught me to be professional about how I carry myself and how I speak, as well as how I conduct myself in the social space. It’s helped me to become a better person.”

D’wayne’s specialty event is the 400m hurdles and this is the event he hopes to make Jamaica’s National Team in, though he is competent in both the 400m and the 200m sprints. Juggling actively pursuing his dream, along with work and a slew of charitable activities isn’t easy though, D’wayne admits: “My friends ask me all time, how I manage to do so much. But, I’m young, driven and ambitious. Aside from my family and friends who have been supportive of me from day one, my motivation is intrinsic – just knowing my purpose, and trying to be the best me that I can, it keeps me going.”
D’wayne Extol is our Olympian here at GraceKennedy, and we wish him nothing but success in his pursuit of Olympic glory!

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