Frater for Racers? Sprinter says in talks with veteran coach Mills

‘Axeman’ hunts early start to new year

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

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OLYMPIC relay gold medallist Michael Frater says he has held discussions with Racers Track Club coach Glen Mills about joining the University of the West Indies (UWI)-based training outfit once he is back to full fitness.

Frater, who was elected third vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) in November, split from the Stephen Francis-coached MVP Track and Field Club last month after an article published in the Jamaica Observer quoted Francis as saying that unless Frater could convince him he would not be negatively influenced by the Warren Blake-led administration, he could be asked to leave the University of Technology (UTech)-based club.

Frater expressed disappointment in Francis’ comments and subsequently handed in a letter signalling his intention to leave the UTech-based club.
The 2005 World Championships 100m silver medallist who captained Jamaica’s team to the last two major events, told the Observer he left room for things to be worked out with the veteran coach despite having not had any discussions with him.

But yesterday, Frater conceded he had spoken with Mills about joining the Racers outfit once he is back to health following knee surgery late last year.

"I’m going to weigh my options. Obviously, he (Mills) would be the first choice; he is one of the best coaches in the world," said Frater, adding that returning to health was his main focus for 2013.

"My new year’s resolution is just to get healthy, that’s all I’m concerned about right now," said Frater, who travelled to Florida to spend the holiday with his mother.

He said he would be spending New Year’s Eve and Day at home.

"I’ll just be relaxing at home. I’d like to live to see the new year, so I’m just gonna do what I do every year — just stay off the road and relax and stay home."

Meanwhile, several other sporting personalities told the Observer of their aspirations for the new year. Florida-based former 110m hurdles national champion and record-holder Dwight ‘Bigga’ Thomas is also hoping for good health.

"Definitely health and that God keeps me healthy because last year I was injured all season, so I’m prepared to go to the World Championships and win a medal for Jamaica," he said.

His personal goals include health also for his diabetic mom and brother, who is also unwell.

"I want my mom to be healthy and my brother also. I’m wishing him all the best."

World Boxing Association Featherweight title-holder Nicholas "Axeman" Walters, who celebrates his birthday on January 4, will be starting his programme earlier this year than he did before becoming world champion.

"I’m not gonna take no time off because I know it’s going to be tougher because I’m world champion; everybody wants to come for me.

"I’m just gonna work hard, start earlier this year than last year so I can have an even more prosperous year. I’m gonna have more positive thinking and smart thinking," Walters asserted.

National netball coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie has resolved to go to church more often this year. She is also hoping for better fortunes for the Sunshine Girls this year.

"Hopefully, we can come alive. We started out good, but we kind of faded out, but I just hope I can get the level of commitment from everyone, players and management," she said.

Not everyone has any set resolutions for this year, including national cricket captain Tamar Lambert.

"I don’t try to think about those things I just try to take it one day at a time," Lambert told the Observer.




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