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On your marks, get set: Super Troy takes reins of athletics programme

I have to congratulate the Bermuda National Athletics Association on making an excellent choice in appointing Troy Douglas to the post of head coach.

We can already see the benefit of his many years of experience performing and coaching at the highest level of athletics in the world.

I know the guy personally we grew up together in the hood and can vouch for him as a first-rate professional who has been this way for probably almost 30 years. He is also just a decent dude, super cool, who will be able to reach everybody, because he isn’t pretentious or full of himself, but he knows what he knows and has unparalleled credibility, having been working, coaching, living in the Netherlands for several years.

Mr Douglas has unquestioned pedigree and qualifications for this post and was, in my humble opinion, the correct choice.

I will tell you a brief story which will tell you what kind of coach Mr Douglas was 20 years ago, and why he is even better now.

I was playing cricket for the greatest team in the world, Cleveland County! Mr Douglas’ brother Allan was our coach. Mr Douglas happened to be at home for a period and was invited to lead one of our training sessions, possibly in preparation for one of our coveted Eastern County Cup Games.

The message that he left with us, with has stuck with me for 20 years, is, “You have to visualise yourself winning, succeeding, excelling in whatever you are doing. When I’m preparing for every race, I visualise Troy Douglas being the first person across that tape, I see the crowds cheering for me, I see the faces of my defeated competitors, I visualise all of that as I train and prepare. You have to visualise yourself scoring the century, taking the catch, bowling someone out, hoisting the Cup.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of coach Mr Douglas was 20 years ago! Can you imagine how much he has improved in 20 years? You don’t usually get worse in your profession, you usually get better, become more experienced, more effective and more competent.

I spoke to him briefly the other day to congratulate him and to wish him well. I now hope that he gets the support he needs and deserves to do his job to the best of his ability. He has assembled and awesome team of coaches and support staff and appears to have energised athletics in Bermuda.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give Donna Watson some props here as well, because she too has played a major role in infusing new birth, energy and excitement about athletics in Bermuda. But today is Mr Douglas’ day.

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that if he gets the full support of all the stakeholders he WILL deliver to Bermuda an awesome athletics programme. Bermudian athletes will see exponential increases and improvement in their performances, times, personal bests, and yes, a second Bermudian could receive a medal at the next Olympic Games. Bermuda’s athletics programme will start to get noticed and whilst I wouldn’t dare to say it could be like Jamaica’s, it certainly can get better than what we have today. He can do this if we support him. The athletes can do it if we support them.

So, Bermuda, let’s make it happen. Then maybe after he achieves this we can get someone to do the same with our football and cricket progammes, so that Bermuda makes the World Cup finals in both sports. If we accomplish these three things, you will not believe what it will do for our national pride. Good Luck Troy! Peace ... DJLT.


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Published November 16, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated November 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm)

On your marks, get set: Super Troy takes reins of athletics programme

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