World Juniors coach confident Jamaica will shine!!!!!
Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008
Danny Hawthorne, coach of the Jamaican team to the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships, is confident the 32-member team which departed for Poland will
“I’m happy with the team we have as I know these boys and girls are ready and raring to do well and… as Jamaicans we always want to do well whenever we go anywhere.
“I’m not expecting anything but the very best from them,” Hawthorne told the Observer on Monday as the team assembled at the offices of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association at the National Arena.
There are injury concerns surrounding key members of the team, including IAAF World Youth Championships 200m gold medallist Ramone McKenzie and 400m hurdles finalist Shana-Gay Tracey, but Hawthorne said all the athletes were given a clean bill of health.
The delegation was due to arrive in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz yesterday and will take part in a five-day camp, starting today. Hawthorne said this will help the coaching staff “to assess everyone on their form and fitness and to make necessary adjustments”.
While the team management has an idea who will contest the various events, Hawthorne said it is yet to make a final decision, especially in the boys’ 100m.
IAAF World Youth Championship 100m gold medallist Dexter Lee won the Junior Trials two weeks ago, while Nickel Ashmeade was second after National Junior record-holder Yohan Blake was disqualified for a false start.
Hawthorne was reluctant to divulge whether or not Blake would contest the 100m, but said they would have a better idea when the camp starts.
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