Dominique Blake is a professional track and field runner representing Jamaica. As a highly accomplished 400-meter dash sprinter, Blake ran for Penn State University from 2004-2008 where she achieved All-American status and set several school and Big Ten Conference records. She has competed in both the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon as well as on the European Circuit. In 2008, she competed in Finland and Ireland as an individual athlete, winning and taking home prize money. In addition, Blake is the reigning 2010 Central American and Caribbean Sports Games Champion and participated in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
As a track star at Penn State, Blake was a member of the 2008 NCAA National Championship 4 x 400 meter relay team, which went undefeated during the 2008 outdoor season. The elite foursome of Blake, Aleesha Barber, Gayle Hunter, and Shana Cox only raced on three occasions in 2008—The Penn Relays, the NCAA East Regional, and the NCAA Championships—but they dominated their opponents and won all three of the major invitational meets—setting several records along the way. To close out the memorable NCAA season, Blake was ranked Top 10 overall in the final open 400 meter standings.
Although she came up short of her Olympic dreams in 2008 (she only advanced to the semi-finals in attempting to qualify for Team USA for the open 400), she is still chasing her dreams. In 2010, Blake joined up with Team Jamaica and is currently focusing on the open 400. She is competing at the Jamaican Nationals from June 23-26, where she will attempt to qualify for the 2011 IAFF World Championships in Daegu, Korea in the open 400m.
Because of Blake’s accomplishments on the track, her superstar status is on the rise and she has recently drawn the interest of several new sponsors. This past May she inked a sponsorship deal with Oxygen 4 Energy (O4E), a California-based company that sells portable canned oxygen supplements—which she does in fact use. In addition to O4E, she is also sponsored by Gymkhana, which is located in Kingston, Jamaica.
Adding to her accomplished track career, Blake spends a great deal of her off-time as the C.E.O. of Black Knight Investments Ltd, a Jamaican company that specializes in real estate investments.
Blake is also a philanthropist at heart, believing that it’s extremely important to give back in any way that she can. She regularly speaks to young children in her community’s church and a select few high school teams throughout the inner city school districts of New York City. She frequently donates apparel and equipment to her school teams and to others in need. As if she doesn’t already give back to the community enough, Blake also contributes to her favorite charity, The Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon, NY. The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon is to help all youth, especially those from high-risk neighborhoods, make the most of their lives.
Blake actively mentors both her niece and collegians who are also inspired by her to pursue athletics, not just track and field. All the while, she gives credit to both of her mentors—her mother, Valerie Blake, and her Penn State coach, Chris Johnson—for helping her get to where she is today.
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