PPYC retains Digicel National U23 title for 3rd year
- Coach Lyndon Wilson says it feels great
Lyndon Wilson, Coach of Police Progressive Youth Club (PPYC) who has produced local qualifier (Winston George) for the London Olympic Games, disclosed that it was a great feeling to win the Digicel National Under-23 Athletics title for the third consecutive year.
The victory which was achieved on Sunday last at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, saw the club winning the championship by the widest margin ever.
Wilson, who described the victory as not being difficult stated that he was not looking for the victory in the events but merely to get at least 2 athletes in the finals of each event which had preliminary rounds.
“While other clubs were looking for individual victory, I was looking to get my athletes in the finals, so I registered three athletes in every event.”
The Track and Field Club has on roster, the majority of athletes in Guyana and Wilson, the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Coach of the Year received support from fellow Club Coach Mark Scott.
The Coaches as a strategy this year took athletes out their comfort zone by placing them in events which they do not usually train for on a daily basis. “I placed some of my athletes in other categories to cover the events which I did not had athletes for…my athletes understood how important the points were and not the individual victory,” noted Wilson.
He further explained that the win would not have been possible without the assistance of senior athletes the likes of Keith Roberts, Natasha Alder, Julio Sinclair and Leota Bobb who all assisted the junior athletes during the few weeks leading up to the competition.
The leading Club Coach also informed that the club has improved tremendously over the years in the field events. “Over the years we have improved tremendously in the field events. This was an area we needed athletes and we are now balanced in both track and field.”
He noted that his work has become a bit easier since the field athletes get a better concept of the techniques faster. “I pay much more attention to the track events but the field athletes make it much easier for me as they under the techniques faster.”
The Under-23 athletes were complimented for the discipline and dedication they exhibited which contributed to their overall victory.