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MVP/Digicel Grassroots clinic a success — James

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Monday, January 13, 2014    

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Friday's MVP Track Club/Digicel Grassroots clinic held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex was hailed as a massive success by club president Bruce James, one of the main organisers.

"Today has been very, very successful, far more than we expected," James told the Jamaica Observer minutes after the awards ceremony that ended the day's activities.

"There was no lack of discipline anywhere, the coaches and participants all learned a lot and this encouraged the presenters and made the entire process worthwhile," James said.

James added that the hope was that the clinics will help to unearth more talent that will eventually benefit Jamaica, and also pointed out that the drills will help the athletes to find out if they had abilities outside of the events in whick they currently take part.

Athletes from 25 schools, some far from the western region, including Bog Walk High, took part in the day's event, the fourth of five clinics to be held.

They were taken through a variety of drills, including hurdling, middle-distance running, sprinting, starts, baton exchanges, throwing events and long and high jumping.

The drills were conducted by a number of top coaches, including Paul Francis of MVP and UTech, Michael McIntosh of Green Island, who recently participated in an IAAF Level Three course in Puerto Rico, Cory Bennett and Linval Swaby of Hydel High, and John Mair of Vere Technical.

Olympian Dr Neil Gardner also made a presentation on sports injuries.

In the awards ceremony, Bog Walk High's national junior representative Jevaughn Minzie and Green Island's Vanessa Pusey were named the Digicel MVPs and were presented with cellular phones, while Green Island's Neno Symester and Spot Valley High's Carla Lawson took the Outstanding Powerade male and female awards, respectively.

It was also pointed out that Minzie did not get the award for the sprints where he was expected to dominate, but rather, for the improvement he showed in the throwing drills.

Nandi Levy, coach of Montego Bay High, was named the most outstanding coach.

The series that started last year will end next week with another clinic at the National Stadium, after which two scholarships worth $1 million and tenable at UTech will be awarded to the most outstanding athletes.

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