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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Aspiring athletes rub shoulders with Thompson, Keshorn

An aspiring athlete (centre) attempts a throw under the watchful eyes of 2012 Olympic javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott (right) at the Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field Development Camp, which was conducted at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo yesterday.

Fifty young aspiring athletes got the opportunity to meet and learn from Olympic medallists Richard Thompson and Keshorn Walcott, when the Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field Development Camp was held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, yesterday.

The athletes got the chance to learn sprinting techniques from Thompson, while those interested in being a javelin athlete spent time with Walcott.

Billson Hainsley, media communications officer at Atlantic was grateful that Atlantic Sports Ambassadors Thompson and Walcott took the time to share their experience with the young athletes. "They have a very heavy training schedule, but they share our vision and our commitment to making time for the next generation," Hainsley said.

Hainsley said camps such as these are part of the company's goal to create a platform for future generations. "We are very strong believers in building a foundation for future generations. It is connected to our sustainability commitment and our sustainability strategy. One of the areas that we do that is youth development and youth development through sports. We do it through education, we do it in sport but the whole idea is youth development."

Hainsley said track and field camps are part of the process in building a foundation for future generations. "One of the sports that we partner with the Ministry of Education and the schools is track and field. We partner with the sports ambassadors Richard and Keshorn to give upcoming talents an opportunity to interface with these Olympians and to learn from them and gain from their experience."


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