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Xavier Brown reflects on 3-month stint Down Under

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, January 12, 2014    

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A Jamaican sprinter who once trained with Usain Bolt was how the Daily Telegraph introduced Xavier Brown, who had a three-month coaching stint in Australia.

The Sunday Herald headline read "Sprinting talent in the blood, not skin", as one of Brown's many inspiring messages to young aspiring Australians.

Brown, 31, a former Jamaican runner, is now a full-time coach and he had the pleasure of passing on his knowledge in Australia for three months.

"The experience there was great. I went there just to show people that we have some talent as coaches, not only as athletes," he told the Jamaica Observer last Saturday, while attending the Pure Water JC meet.

He continued: "Everybody wanted to learn. Everybody wants to know how to become a new Usain Bolt. It was an awesome, awesome feeling."

According to Brown, he has brought a youngster's time down from 48s to 46s for the 400m as one of his achievements in the short time he was there.

He also worked with promising 19-year-old Jarrod Geddes, instilling in him that his skin pigmentation counts for nothing on the track.

"He has everything you could find in a Caribbean athlete...even though the skin colour (is different]. He is there, has what it takes," Brown was quoted in the Sunday Morning Herald.

Geddes finished sixth in the 2011 World Youth Championships, but he was identified by the likes of Brown and Jamaica's head coach Maurice Wilson as "something special".

Brown also visited Westfield Sports High School and shared his wisdom on sprinting, technique and the Jamaican way.

He was quoted as saying the Jamaican way is hard work essentially and they will have to go the extra mile to reach their goals. But apart from tracks, Brown was asked to work with rugby players to increase the speed, and that he did.

"I not only coached track and field, I coached rugby, also... it was an awesome experience. They received me well and most of the times they were watching videos of the times I used to run in my time," noted Brown.

He worked with the Wests Tigers' backline flyers Tim Simona, Chris Lawrence and Dave Nofoaluma -- all of whom were quoted as running faster since the sessions.

"I am now at Camperdown working with the females and I am here to showcase the talent that we have now and taking it one step at a time to make sure everything will be better," concluded Brown.

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