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Big Shots on track

World shot put champ Hoffa arrives as 4 meets take centre stage today

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, January 18, 2014    

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REESE Hoffa, the 2007 World Championships shot put gold medallist, and bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, will be the special guest of the 10th staging of the Big Shot Invitational Meet set for the Usain Bolt Track at the University of the West Indies today.

Hoffa, who was scheduled to arrive in the island yesterday, and was to have had a technical presentation at Technique Lab at Tangerine Place to share his knowledge with interested local coaches and athletes.

Michael Vassell, the meet organiser, told the Jamaica Observer that he brought in Hoffa to raise the profile of the meet and to give locals a chance to garner information from one of the best shot putters in the world.

"It is to highlight and get a little buzz to the event. Even though we have produced local-based athletes to the World Championships, we still have not been able to capture the attention of corporate Jamaica and the media," said Vassell.

The purely throwing meet involving only three disciplines — javelin, shot put and discus — is scheduled to start at 9:00 am and finishes at 4:15 pm, and is sponsored by JN Fund Managers, Altamont Court Hotel, GraceKennedy Remittance Service, Western Sports Ltd, Technique Lab, Salohcin Concepts, and Sherwin Williams.

Meanwhile, the prelude to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships continue today with three other development meets across the island.

The Morant Bay Relays at Morant Bay High School in St Thomas; North Central Development Meet at Discovery Bay, St Ann; and the Field, Distance and Hurdles Meet in Westmoreland will provide athletes with varying events to hone their skills.

The Morant Bay Relays normally has a number of non-traditional events like the 4x150m; 4x300m and the 4x600m to add spice and variety.

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