Dig­i­cel, MVP host clinic for young ath­letes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

“Our fo­cus on help­ing chil­dren is not by ac­ci­dent as we recog­nise that our chil­dren, whether in ru­ral or ur­ban Ja­maica, are the heart of our na­tion and our fu­ture,” Brown noted.

She also en­cour­aged Ja­maicans at home and abroad who are not able to par­tic­i­pate in the run to make a do­na­tion via the ISup­port­Ja­maica.com crowd­fund­ing web­site, where they have a chance to re­ceive Puma shirts au­to­graphed by Usain Bolt when they make con­tri­bu­tions to the cause.

The run is be­ing or­gan­ised with tech­ni­cal sup­port from the team at Run­ning Events Lim­ited and will take run­ners on a course through the streets of the his­toric town of Fal­mouth.

The 8km is de­signed to tar­get sprint en­thu­si­asts with a strong de­sire for com­pe­ti­tion, while the 4k Fun Run will be geared at en­gag­ing fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als, with var­i­ous chal­lenge sta­tions, along with a his­tor­i­cal as­pect to ed­u­cate par­tic­i­pants on Fal­mouth while en route. ONE HUN­DRED promis­ing young ath­letes in east­ern Ja­maica were among the first to get first-class train­ing in sev­eral com­pet­i­tive events at the start of the Dig­i­cel/MVP Grass­roots Clinic.

Now in its fourth year, Dig­i­cel has again teamed up with the MVP Track and Field Club to host the se­ries of track and field clin­ics across Ja­maica.

The first of the five clin­ics was held at the Mo­rant Bay High School on Satur­day, Septem­ber 24, where the young­sters from schools in the Sur­rey county un­der­went a day of in­tense train­ing with pro­fes­sion­als from the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed ath­let­ics club.

“Our out­stand­ing suc­cess at the Olympics just last month is the rea­son we see it nec­es­sary to con­tinue this pro­gramme. Un­for­tu­nately, a day will come when these amaz­ing ath­letes will hang up their spikes. There­fore, devel­op­ment pro­grammes such as the MVP Clinic will help to en­sure that Ja­maica al­ways has a fresh crop of ath­letes ready to con­tinue our suc­cesses on the world stage,” This young ath­lete prac­tises her hur­dling tech­nique dur­ing the first Dig­i­cel/MVP Grass­roots Clinic, which was held at the Mo­rant Bay High School re­cently.

said Danielia Mclean, spon­sor­ship man­ager at Dig­i­cel.

Dur­ing the day of train­ing, stu­dents were taken through six dis­ci­plines in track and field, sprint­ing, hur­dling, re­lays, throws, long dis­tance, and

jumps. These ses­sions were led by stal­wart coaches such as Paul Fran­cis, Lin­val Swaby, and Shanikie Os­bourne.

“The idea is that through this pro­gramme, stu­dents and their coaches are in­tro­duced to world-class train­ing meth­ods. Ad­di­tion­ally, they are in­tro­duced to ath­letic dis­ci­plines that they may not have had much ex­po­sure to be­fore. Take, for in­stance, Junelle Brom­field, who com­peted in hur­dles, re­lays, sprints, and mid­dle dis­tances while at STETHS, she is now fo­cused on the 400m sprint, where she won the IAAF World Un­der-20 bronze medal this July,” said Bruce James, pres­i­dent of the MVP.

The clinic will – in the next two weeks – head to Vere and St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High schools af­ter which a num­ber of the top-per­form­ing stu­dents will be se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in ad­vanced train­ing camps in St James and St Cather­ine. At the end of the ad­vanced camps, one out­stand­ing ath­lete will re­ceive a schol­ar­ship val­ued at $1 mil­lion to at­tend the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and train with the MVP Track & Field Club.

Spon­sors of the Dig­i­cel MVP Grass­roots Ath­let­ics Pro­gramme are Nike, Reg­gae Jam­min, Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank, and Ga­torade.

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