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Simpson's confidence grows after switching training camps

Tuesday, December 17, 2013    

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FLORIDA, USA (CMC) — Olympic 100-metre silver medallist Sherone Simpson is said to be growing in confidence two months after relocating from Jamaica to a new training camp in Florida.

Simpson, one of five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for banned substances earlier this year, is being coached at her new training camp by veteran Loren Seagrave.

Seagrave has coached Bahamian icon Pauline Davis and current World 400-metre champion Lashawn Merritt.

"She's been doing great. She absolutely loves it there. She is really enjoying the coaching she's getting," said Simpson's agent Paul Doyle.

"Every week she is excited about her first race. She's been adjusting really well and getting more optimistic every day."

Simpson is scheduled to have her hearing on January 7 and 8, 2014.

The public spectacle that emerged from news of the positive tests drove a wedge between Simpson and Stephen Francis, her coach of the last eight years, who publicly lambasted the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion and her club-mate, Asafa Powell.

Both athletes tested positive for the same stimulant, Oxylifrine.

"Time heals wounds, but there is a lot ahead for her, and it's still very disappointing for her," said Doyle.

"Eventually, she is going to get through this and return to the Sherone that we always knew -- the happy-go-lucky kind of girl who is out there competing."

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