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February 14, 2013
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Cameron aims to get three on World Champs team
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Bert Cameron

Head of the recently formed Cameron Blazers track club, and the man after whom it is named, Bertland 'Bert' Cameron has set his sights on placing at least three of his eight athletes on the country's team to the 14th World Championships in Athletics scheduled to be held from August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia.

"I am working towards 2016 Olympics, but you have to take it step-by-step," Cameron Star Sports.

"World Championships is coming this year and I hope I can put at least three people on that team or even four, five, six."

Cameron's long-term target is to produce Jamaica's first 400m Olympic gold medallist since George Rhoden in 1952.

"My long-term goal is to produce an Olympic champion in the 400m and that is what we are working at, and it starts now," the 1988 Olympic 4x400m silver medallist and 1983 400m World Championships gold medallist said.

"We are not in a hurry to do anything. It is a long-term thing and it is not about just one race."

Cameron, who left Racers Track Club last year to start his own 400m-focused club, has in his ranks the likes of national 400m record holder Jermaine Gonzales, Olympians Josef Robertson and Shereefa Lloyd, as well as Marvin Anderson and Javere Bell.

background work

Cameron and his athletes started out doing their background work at Hope Gardens, but Major Desmond Brown afforded them a home at Stadium East where they now train from Monday to Saturday.

The club has received further assistance, as thanks to Peter Morris, general manager of Gymkhana's New Kingston branch they are able to do their weights programme at the facility.

Cameron intends for the club to have its first major outing at the March 23rd University of the West Indies Track and Field Invitational.

Cameron and his two young assistant coaches, Derron Herah and Damion Forbes, were spotted at the Eastern Secondary Schools' Sports Association /Jamaica National Building Society Track and Field Championships on Tuesday's ultimate day scouting young talents.

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