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Letter of the Day | Research centre for GC Foster welcome

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I was pleasantly surprised by the revelations in an article by Gleaner sports reporter Rachid Parchment on Saturday, February 18, 2017 ('G.C. Foster to open research centre').

The splendid contribution of G.C. Foster College has had a magnificent effect on our athletes and their development in many disciplines of the wide array of sports that are showcased at the college.

A research centre will help to lift the college to a new level of excellence, wherein it will finally achieve university status. As a past student of this illustrious institution, I welcome this visionary approach to our advancement.

The college is in good hands with stalwarts like principal Dr Joyce Graham-Royal and her able deputy, iconic coach Maurice Wilson, who are both past students of this great institution. With persons like these at the helm of the institution, I cannot see why we will not do better after we have researched the fundamental reasons why we have failed in many areas of the Jamaican sporting experience.

We don't need a rocket scientist to tell us that there is something lacking why we cannot, for example, produce good 800m runners like our own legendary George Kerr, Byron Dyce and Seymour Newman. We ought to take the few resources we have and try to make spirited teams, which lack many first-class facilities that are commonplace in many other countries which are doing worse than us.

 

HOPE FOR SUPPORT

 

I hope the powers that be will support the initiative to develop this facility. We could then learn, for all know, why we are so fast and dismiss the claim that we have fast-twitch fibre muscles like all other people who run quickly. We could better understand the dynamics of why we people fail to present credible reasons why our jumpers and throwers are generally not on par with world standards

I implore all people and organisations, such as the Sports Development Foundation, the Urban Development Corporation, and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, that wish the project well to come on board and give their support.

PARIS TAYLOR

Greater Portmore