Long jump pair to host NSC camp
Tyrone Smith says he's thrilled to get the chance to help local athletes in a camp at the National Sports Centre next month.
The week-long event will be hosted by Bermuda's two 2012 Olympic long jumpers, Arantxa King and Smith, with the assistance of sponsors Asics and the Bermuda Healthcare Services.
The camp, which is set for October 28 and will run throughout the week, will see youngsters put through their paces in both morning and afternoon sessions.
“Asics are giving me some gear, some goodies and things of that nature so it is good to see sponsors on board for camps like this,” he said.
“It is an exciting time for myself and Arantxa as well because sponsors don't have to do these sorts of things and it can be expensive for everyone involved in sports, so the children will get a real value from this.
“Traditionally children that attend camps get T-shirts and so forth and I think that support like that is big for them in the sense that they are being rewarded in attending and participating.”
Although he is based overseas and travels to all parts of the world to compete against the very best, Smith wants to show what it takes to make it at the highest level.
“It feels great to give back. I have had a chance to talk in the US and to come back and help out is great because Bermuda has given me so much over the years and I'm truly grateful.
“My goal is to get more of the local athletes to the level that I'm at.
“It takes such a long time to get to that level and it is critical to get them involved at a young age.”
Smith is taking a few weeks off after a gruelling season.
“It feels good to be relaxing for a little bit right now. I'm going to take a few weeks off to rest the bones and do things I wouldn't normally do like eat Chinese food.
“I'm off for a short time before getting back into the swing of things because there is nothing worse than heading into preseason unfit and killing yourself to get back to where you were, but I will definitely enjoy this time off.”