Bailey a powerhouse
Gabrielle Bailey was not a factor in the girls' Class Two discus and shot put two years ago, representing St Andrew High at Champs. In the discus, she finished ninth in her preliminary group with 31.02 metres. In the shot put, she ended 14th overall with 10.62 metres.
She skipped a year at St Andrew High and missed the last Champs. However, enrolling at St Jago High in sixth form last September, Bailey will compete this year in Class One , throwing the discus and shot put.
It has been a dream season so far for Bailey at her new institution, making her one of the favourites, especially in the discus. Twice this season, she defeated Edwin Allen High's Fiona Richards in the event.
"It has been a good season so far for me, and I am hoping to go over 52 metres in the discus and 14 metres in the shot put," said Bailey who won the discus Under-20 event at CARIFTA trials with 48.48m and Central Championships with a season-best 49.11 metres.
Bailey, credited her new coach, Marlon Gayle, for her big improvement.
"I must have to big up my coach, Mr Gayle, who has been doing a superb job on and off the field, so, most definitely, we expect some great results," she said.
Gayle, a lecturer at G.C. Foster College, is undoubtedly one of the best throwing coaches in the country and was the man behind Edwin Allen's throwing success a few years ago before taking over at St Jago High.
Of the two throwing events, Bailey prefers the discus.
"I like the discus because it is more technical and you do not have to use a lot of aggression in order to get the results you need" she said.