Bert’s presence at Racers a big plus
Sunday, 31 October 2010
President of Racers Track Club, Glen Mills, said the decision made by him to bring World Championship 400m gold medallist Bert Cameron onto his club’s coaching staff, was justified with last season’s performance of Jermaine Gonzales.
Gonzales, who has been knocking on Jamaica’s national record door all season, ran 44.40 seconds, to beat Roxbert Martin’s previous record of 44.49 secs, set back in 1997. Gonzales’ record run was done this past summer, July 22nd, at the 10th Samsung Diamond League meeting in Monaco.
“Bert has been doing a very good job with him,” said Mills of Gonzales, adding, "I don’t want to take too much credit, but if I may say so, it was a great move on my part, to bring him in, not just as Jermaine’s coach, but also as his mentor …
Mills continued, "It’s a competitive world and when you haven’t had the continued success that is expected coming out of high school, that period of doldrums brings uncertainty in one’s mind. Then for you to have someone who has been to the top and who has gone through it, relate to you and your situation, makes a big difference. It has worked tremendously for Gonzales.
Mills also said the performance of Gonzales, the 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, did not surprise him; he saw it coming in progressions.
By Anthony Foster, trackalerts.com