BERT Cameron has expressed his delight that four former members of the Racers Track Club, home of double world record holder Usain Bolt and world champion Yohan Blake have decided to join him at his new club.
Cameron told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that national 400m record holder Jermaine Gonzales, World Championships and Olympic Games relay medallist Shereefa Lloyd, quarter miler Javier Bell and World Championships 200m semi-finalist Marvin Anderson had joined his club that is yet to be named.
They have been working out for two weeks now, he said.
Cameron, who spoke to the Jamaica Observer while conducting a work-out at Hope Gardens where they will be based at least for the pre-season, described the feeling as "wonderful, it is a great feeling, at least I know they believe in me and my system; it is like a family that stays together", he said, pointing out that he did not ask them to join him but it was their decisions.
The former world champion said presently he had eight athletes training with him but refused to say who the other four were and said he did not want to take on more than 12 athletes right now.
He had been with Racers for a number of years where he was responsible for a number of athletes, including the four named, but had announced his split from the Glen Mills-run camp soon after returning from the Olympics where he was part of the national coaching staff.
Cameron and Gonzales were involved in some controversy after the quarter miler had dropped the baton on the anchor leg of the men's 4x400m heats days after failing to advance past the first round of the individual 400m event and telling journalists he had been battling with fitness issues.
Cameron, who had returned home after the Olympics instead of staying with the Racers group in Europe, had insisted that Gonzales was not injured during the Olympics.
The former St Jago High and Wolmer's Boys' coach was upbeat when he spoke to the Observer yesterday and promised "Great things to come next season".
When asked if he was excited about his expectations next season Cameron responded: "Oh God yes, I am." He added that the athletes believed in him, and having worked with them over the past few years, he said he was excited to continue to see how far he could take them.
So far, he said, he had not managed to hook up with any major sponsors or sporting goods manufacturers, nor had he decided where the athletes would be working out once they started track work.
"I have not decided where we will work out yet after we finish our background work, but I can go wherever I want," he declared. "No one has told me yet that I can't work out at any track so far."