J'can coaches know their roles, says Wilson

J'can coaches know their roles, says Wilson

P Reid

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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MAURICE Wilson — a member of the Jamaican coaching staff to the London Olympics later this month and who served as head coach at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last year says he has never felt "undermined" by more accomplished coaches while on national duties.

Wilson explained that there were clearly defined roles as far as national and personal coaches were concerned to avoid confusions and misunderstandings.

"As national coaches we are facilitators," Wilson explained at yesterday's Monday Exchange at the Jamaica Observer's offices on Beechwood Avenue.

In the past there have been criticisms from some coaches that national coaches have tried to influence their charges during training camps and, as such, athletes have been influenced to stay away from camp and train with their coaches leading up to global championships.

Wilson said, however, that while some coaches have been allowed access to their charges during the camp, athletes were encouraged to take their training programmes to camps where members of the coaching staff would help them go through their routines.


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