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Western based- athletes impress at MVP/ Digicel Grass Roots clinic

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer

Thursday, January 16, 2014    

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CATHERINE HALL, St James

Green Island High School's Neno Symester and Vanessa Pusey, as well as Spot Valley High's Carla Lawson were among the big winners at Friday's Digicel/MVP Grass Roots track and field clinic held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Symester and Lawson were the Outstanding Powerade male and female honorees respectively, while Pusey was named the Outstanding Digicel female athlete.

Bog Walk High's national junior representative Jevaughn Minzie won the boys award.

Montego Bay High school's Nandi Levy was also singled out as the Digicel outstanding coach.

Over 130 high school athletes from 25 schools, most of them from western Jamaica participated in the one day event that saw selected coaches instruct the athletes in various drills in events, including long and high jump, sprints, starts, hurdles, middle distance running and relay baton changes.

Pusey who was a triple sprint gold medalists at the COCAA Western Champs last year told Jamaica Observer West that she will ask her coach Michael McIntosh to allow her to do the sprint hurdles this season, after being introduced to it at the clinic.

"I was doing the hurdles for the first time and I hope my coach will allow me to do it," she said.

While saying the clinic was "challenging," Pusey added that she was very happy with the award and was expecting a good season.

Symester, a sprinter and hurdler remarked that he was surprised by the award and learned a lot at the middle distance clinic.

The athlete who was part of the Green Island team that took participated in the Penn Relays for the first time last year, told Observer West, that he was expecting a good 2014 season.

The series of clinics which started last year will end this Saturday with the fifth stop, at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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