With Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson as their role models, Jamaican girls are aspiring to become the next fastest girl on the planet.

In some way, sport is a way out (of something) for all of us. For those girls it’s a way towards a powerful future. Meet the community of girls training to be the next Olympic gold medallist.

But in the midst of those ambitions and on their way towards the podium, the girls first have to learn how to cope with setbacks, injuries and disappointments.

If you need 20 minutes of girly but powerful, this is it. The girls explain how track and field keeps them focused on education and personal development, and prevents them from entering the street life of teen pregnancy and poverty.

Director: Isaac Solotaroff
Producer: Natasha Dack-Ojumu
Editors: Isaac Solotaroff and Noah Payne-Frank
Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton

Source: The Sprinter Factory – competing to be Jamaica’s fastest heroine