The Athletic Association of Guyana yesterday performed a post mortem on the two recent engagements that national athletes participated which was conducted at the new GOA Head Office on High Street, Kingston.
The Meeting attended by President of the AAG Colin Boyce, Secretary- Pamela Phillips, Manager of the squad that participated at the World Junior Games in Italy Mayfield Taylor Trim and Coach of the contingent that competed at the Pan Am Juniors in Trinidad and Tobago – Lyndon Wilson, sought to apprise the media on the performances of the athletes.
Boyce in his remarks said that it is difficult for him to sit there and say that he is totally satisfied with the athletes’ performances, but admitted that perhaps the short preparatory period was to be blamed for their dismal showing.
He, however, conceded that another impediment could be that the local coaches lack the ability to prepare their charges for the higher level of competition, adding that whenever a national squad is selected in future, the responsibility will be on the AAG’s core of coaches to prepare them.
Also, offering comments about the performance of the athletes in Italy was Taylor Trim, who disclosed that the conditions were extremely difficult since it was cold and clearly unfamiliar to both Janella Jonas and Ricardo Martin, but commended them for a brave effort.
In terms of Games Village comfort, Taylor Trim offered no negative complaint, emphasising that the only discomfort was the conditions that they were unaccustomed to. Coach Wilson in his remarks echoed sentiments expressed by Boyce, stating that even though preparations were not the best, he was a bit disappointed with the returns of sprinter Triston Joseph, who failed to reproduce the times he is capable of making.
“I think that the sprinters were very weak in their starts and also in their finishes,” Wilson pointed out.
Wilson added that he had expected the athletes who were in the Twin Island Republic long before the Pan Am Juniors to have done much better bearing in mind that they would have been more adjusted to the track and weather conditions.
The only athlete to record a personal best was middle distance runner Phillip Drayton, who registered 50.40 in the 400 metres.
Joseph for his part attributed his poor performance on the lack of adequate preparations which evidently affected him mentally and contributed to a loss of confidence, a vital ingredient for sprinting.
The other athletes present were Okemie Staurt, Kevin Bailey, Roxanna Rigby and Nadine Rodrigues.
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