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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gets new coach

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2016 | 10:34 PM

Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports

The Gleaner has been reliably informed that two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser is now being coached by Reynaldo Walcott, after severing ties with her long-time MVP Track Club coach, Stephen Francis.

When contacted late Tuesday evening, Walcott, who has built his reputation at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), would not speak on the matter, but sources confirmed that the decorated sprinter has been working out with Walcott’s new outfit since last week. 

Walcott, considered to be one of the leading young coaches in the island, is quite familiar with Fraser-Pryce as he has been a key member of the MVP Track Club’s technical staff for a number of years.

He is, however, now leading his own professional set-up.

IN PHOTO: Reynaldo Walcott

Speaking on behalf of Walcott, Keith Wellington, principal at STETHS confirmed that he will lead a professional athletics club, which will be based at the institution, but would not confirm or deny whether Fraser-Pryce had joined the outfit.

"You will have to confirm that on your own, I am not commenting on that at this point," Wellington added when asked specifically about Fraser-Pryce’s link.

Walcott  is largely credited for the re-emergence of STETHS as a leading athletics programme among local high schools over the past few seasons, taking the team to top-10 finishes in the girls' section and top five finishes among the boys over past few years.

Walcott is also responsible for the development of exciting local talents such as Junelle Bromfield, Nigel Ellis, Jauavney James and Andrew Fisher.

IN PHOTO: Stephen Francis

Francis confirmed reports that surfaced during this summer’s Rio Olympic Games that Fraser-Pryce had decided to part ways after expressing disappointment in her development in recent years. 

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Contacted Tuesday night, Fraser-Pryce's manager Bruce James declined to comment on the reported development.