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Coach says secret to Jamaica's success is training at home

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George Cleare

Bahamian coach hails Jamaican who train at home
By Clayton Clarke
Monday, 03 January 2011

Assistant coach at the University of Georgia, Bahamian George Cleare, who's an IAAF Level One lecturer and Level IV sprints coach, described the decision made by many Jamaican athletes, 'to stay or return home to train with local coaches', as, "Good".

Cleare, in an interview with, said this shows the confidence these athletes have in their local coaches. He also said even the ones who take up scholarships in the states, have the opportunity to return home and continue a professional career.

"It shows they have confidence in the local coaches", said Cleare, "and it wouldn't be possible without the sound infrastructure that's been put in place by the head coaches of the MVP and Racers track clubs, Stephen Francis and Glen Mills."

Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson and Shericka Williams, are all world class athletes who've never left Jamaica to train elsewhere, while Brigitte Foster-Hylton can be credited with pioneering the trend of athletes returning home, to train on the sunny Island.

Since Foster-Hylton's return home almost a decade ago, several other top athletes, such as Melaine Walker, Michael Frater, Shereefa Lloyd, Ricardo Chambers, and Marvin Anderson, have followed suit.

"One of the primary benefits for the athlete," Cleare said, "Is to able to train under a local coach who understands what is required of him or her to be ready and available for their national try outs and I am all for that."

"I've seen many athletes, who've lost out on the chance to progress because they couldn't go to the US. Then there were those in the USA, who weren't at the world class level when they graduated College and had to return home and give up track and field. It is good to know that they can now return home and train, if that's their desire."

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