Jamaica Gleaner

PACE Man­age­ment and O’Hara the right fit

- Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

TOP IN­TER­NA­TIONAL ath­lete man­age­ment firm, PACE Sports Man­age­ment, has re­vealed that new re­cruit, Ja­maica’s Michael O’Hara, fits well into their phi­los­o­phy of work­ing with the best cur­rent and up­com­ing ath­letes, and tipped the ace youth sprinter to go on to be­come a world beater.

PACE’s con­fir­ma­tion fol­lows last Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment that t he teen had signed a pro­fes­sional long-term con­tract with Ger­man sports ap­parel man­u­fac­turer, Puma, and PACE Sports Man­age­ment, re­spec­tively.

PACE is headed by Ricky Simms and Mar­ion Steininger.

It cur­rently works with some of track and field’s big­gest names, in­clud­ing six-time Olympic gold medal­list Usain Bolt.

The firm has been in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing the iconic Ja­maican into a global su­per­star, on and off the track.

“PACE Sports Man­age­ment likes to work with the top tal­ents in track and field, and Michael (O’Hara) is cer­tainly one of the world’s top young sprint tal­ents,” Simms told The Sun­day


“We will now aim to help him make the tran­si­tion to pro­fes­sional over the next few years,” he added, while not­ing that no pres­sure will be on the teenager to prove his worth too quickly.


O’Hara is a re­cent ISSA/ GraceKenne­dy Boys Cham­pi­onships golden boy, with four gold medals from this year’s stag­ing. He is also a 2013 World Youth 200 me­tres cham­pion.

He will be work­ing along­side leg­endary sprint coach Glen Mills and Bolt’s per­sonal man­ager, Nu­gent Walker.

“He (O’Hara) will be un­der no im­me­di­ate pres­sure. The next few years are about his pro­gres­sion and build-up to peak at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games,” Simms stressed.

Simms, also a world­wide com­mer­cial and com­pe­ti­tion agent, added: “We are happy to welcome Michael to PACE Sports Man­age­ment. He has been very suc­cess­ful so far in his ca­reer at the school, youth and ju­nior lev­els.”

O’Hara said he does not know how soon he will be­gin work­ing with Rac­ers Track Club.

“I can’t say how soon I will start work­ing with Rac­ers, but I am very elated. I mean, it is a dream come true, so I am happy,” he un­der­lined, while re­fer­ring other ques­tions to his man­age­ment team. Other Olympic and World Cham­pi­ons stars from PACE in­clude Bri­tain’s Mo Farah, Chris­tine Ohu­ruogu and Phillips Idowu, and Kenya’s Vi­vian Cheruiyot.

 ?? FILE ?? PACE Sports Man­age­ment’s Ricky Simms.
Michael O’Hara: It is a dream come true.
FILE PACE Sports Man­age­ment’s Ricky Simms. Michael O’Hara: It is a dream come true.
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