Godfrey Harry, a Level 5 Track and Field Coach attached to the Thomas Saunders Secondary Schools (TSSS), needs little convincing that the synthetic track currently being installed at Brighton, will redound in an increased medal tally for SVG.

“Definitely, with the availability of a syntactic surface, the talent pool in SVG will rise; it would definitely boost the performance of the athletes and as a result, the medals pool will rise for SVG,” Harry advanced in a recent conversation with this publication.

Synthetic track at diamond under construction

“I am hoping, once certified by the IAAF, that we will be able to host Junior CARIFTA Games and other regional meets, which will not only provide added exposure and competition for our athletes, but also expose them to scouts,” Harry added.

The coach also looks forward to the track aiding his quest and that of other coaches, to see athletes perform at the highest level.

“Once that happens, I don’t have a problem,” Harry quipped.

Turning reluctantly to what he has accomplished, the coach listed among his achievements: “..Being one of the few persons to have won back to back inter-secondary schools’ male and female track and field titles (with the Emmanuel High School and TSSS); and being the first coach to take a school team to the prestigious Penn Relays.”

And to a question about what other things he has in store for himself before he retires, Harry responded with; “My aspiration, and I have started it, is to start coaching younger coaches to carry on. If you don’t, then what you were doing would have been a lost because there would be no one to carry on. And I want them to be better than me because if they are not, then I would have failed.”(TheVin)

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