Ath­letes leave Cameron Blaz­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - An­dré Lowe Spe­cial Projects Ed­i­tor – Sports

NOTED COACH Bert Cameron has of­fered best wishes to his long-time charge Ja­vere Bell and Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Gooden af­ter the pair’s de­ci­sion to part ways with his Cameron Blaz­ers setup ahead of the new sea­son.

Bell, who trav­elled to Rio de Janeiro as a mem­ber of Ja­maica’s Olympic con­tin­gent, is be­lieved to be headed to the Rac­ers Track Club, with Wilkins-Gooden re­port­edly join­ing the Akan out­fit.

Marvin An­der­son, one of Cameron’s close ad­vis­ers, speak­ing on be­half of the vet­eran coach, con­firmed the de­par­tures, while point­ing out the club’s fo­cus go­ing for­ward.

Founded in 2012 by Cameron, the 1983 world cham­pion over 400m, the club has en­joyed mod­er­ate suc­cess, with last sea­son bring­ing the lat­est high point at the World Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships, where Ja­heel Hyde re­tained his 400m hur­dles ti­tle, with Tif­fany James also claim­ing gold in the women’s 400m.

Notwith­stand­ing, there have been cer­tain let­downs as well, a point that An­der­son ad­mit­ted is not lost on Cameron.

“Along the way, there have been some dis­ap­point­ments, and when that hap­pens, peo­ple will have to eval­u­ate the sit­u­a­tion, and in do­ing so, he (Cameron) was in­formed that Ja­vere Bell will be mov­ing on,” An­der­son said. “Also, in July, Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Gooden in­formed him that she would be mov­ing on.”

Wilkins-Gooden, a Pan Amer­i­can and NACAC medal­list in the 400m and 4x400m, has been part of the Cameron Blaz­ers Club for the bet­ter part of two years but has failed to make head­way in her ca­reer.

Cameron has been guid­ing Bell, who won the na­tional 400m ti­tle in 2013 and qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nals at the World Cham­pi­onships in Moscow a few weeks later, for the last five sea­sons.

STRONG RE­LA­TION­SHIP

“He (Cameron) has a strong per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with (Ja­vere) Bell in par­tic­u­lar, and I know that he wishes him all the best and would want to see the very best from him wher­ever he de­cides to go or what­ever de­ci­sion he takes,” added An­der­son, who is also an of­fi­cial at the Cameron Blaz­ers club.

“The fo­cus this year is to keep a small group and fo­cus on in­di­vid­u­als, es­pe­cially in the quar­ter-mile events. The de­ter­mi­na­tion is to fo­cus all the en­ergy to­wards get­ting ev­ery­one in the group to a world­beater level,” An­der­son said.

“Mr Cameron is happy with the present make-up of the group. There is a nice mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence, and the ef­forts will be geared to­wards en­sur­ing that the ex­cite­ment of the youth is guided by the knowl­edge of those who are more ex­pe­ri­enced.”

In ad­di­tion to Hyde and James, the group also con­sists of the likes of Kaliese Spencer and Chris­tine Day.

BELL

WILKINS-GOODEN

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