President’s/Jefford Classic III…Win to be a sweet victory for PPYC athletes
By Juanita Hooper
Lyndon Wilson, Coach of the Defending Champion of the President’s/Jefford Classic, Police Progressive Youth Club (PPYC), told Kaieteur Sport that the club will be aiming to defend their Championship successfully today at the McKenzie Sports Club ground, Linden.
Wilson who revealed that a win will be a sweet victory for the athletes of PPYC which dethroned National Park United to be the present Champions, last year. “It would be a sweet victory for the athletes than last year if they retain the Championship since the rivalry is much more intense.”
The Coach who stated that their rivals will be in for a lot of surprises noted that the club will not be taking the other clubs for granted when they enter the competition today on a positive side, “Our expectation for the Classic will be to defend our Championship and defend it successfully. We will not be taking the other clubs light as we go out on a positive side.”
Despite the inclement weather over the past days affected the preparations for the Games, the Coach indicated that the athletes are in shape as most of them selected to represent the club are from the Digicel National U23 Games which they won was kept weeks ago. “The rain stalled the preparation for the Games but the athletes who will be competing at the Classic are in shape as the bulk is from the National U23 Games.”
Wilson also believes that the athletes are at the level that they should be to contend with the athletes from other clubs despite the absence of Winston George who qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games which is slated for August. “We did not get the opportunity to push in the work which was intended but my athletes are at that level of which they should be capable of competing with the other club athletes in both track and field events.”
Asking the Coach on how he manages his athletes peak performances, he disclosed that he takes advantage of Developmental Meets to gauge the athletes’ performance to unearth where they are and where they should be at the major meets in Guyana, such as this one.
Wilson disclosed that he will be expecting Natasha Alder, Alita Moore, Tiffany Carto, Janelle Jonas, Juanita Hooper, Tracey Moses, Keith Roberts, Trevor Scotland, Shawn Semple, Kevin Bayley and the quickly raising according to him, Tevin Garraway, to create storms in their events.
Commenting on the present National U-23 Games 100m champion athlete, Alita ‘Loga Loga’ Moore, Wilson stated that she has always possessed talent on the track and in the field.
Questioning how the upcoming champion is able to balance both track and field, her Coach highlighted that she trains hard and is always willing to work.