Australian athletes to attend training camp in Jamaica
Australian athletes are on their way to Jamaica to gain unprecedented access to Jamaica’s renown sprint programs.
The deal, a spin-off from the London Olympic Games was brokered between the Business of Sports President Carole Beckford and Hayden Knowles of Sydney's Competitive Edge.
The group of Australian athletes and coaches will spend two weeks in Jamaica from January 15 hosted by Jamaica’s head coach to the London 2012 Olympics Maurice Wilson.
Knowles, who launched a nation-wide program to create a squad of eight sprinters, started negotiations for the deal during the London Games, where he celebrated Usain Bolt's 100 and 200m victories with the champion's family, his management and close friends.
The Ferncourt High School past students, Beckford and Wilson have told Knowles that the Aussies will be exposed to a number of training facilities in Jamaica including the GC Foster College.
As Jamaica looks towards RIO 2016, the aim of the College is to focus its attention on specific areas and the camp is one such facility.
Knowles said January is the perfect time to be in Jamaica as star sprinters, including Bolt, would be in full training for an exciting athletics season which would culminate with the World Championships in Moscow.