First World Under 20 camp a success - Hawthorne

June 30, 2016

In a move to improve on the country's medal tally at next month's World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoscz, Poland, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has put on a series of weekend camps before the athletes depart for the July 19-24 event.

The past weekend was the first of these camps, held at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, and head coach of the team to Poland, Danny Hawthorne, was pleased with the turnout of athletes.

Coach of St Elizabeth Technical High School, Renaldo Walcott, Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen, Michael Vassell of Excelsior, who have been selected to be a part of the coaching staff to Poland, were all in attendance.

"I think it was a fruitful camp and several of the athletes going to the Championships, along with some who are pending, were in attendance; and this was for both athletes and coaches to mingle," said Hawthorne.

According to Hawthorne, the coaching staff took things quite easy.

"Seeing that this was the first meeting we took things quite easy. It was a matter of the athletes 'gelling,'" said Hawthorne.

The next camp will be held after the National Senior Championships.

Jamaica will be hoping to improve on the performance of two years ago in Eugene, Oregon, where the country earned six medals - one gold, two silver and three bronze.

Jaheel Hyde will be back to defend his title after winning a week ago at the National Junior Championships.

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