Challenging Champs for Wolmer's Girls
Wolmer's Girls' School has been hit hard by injuries, forcing head coach Michael Carr to be juggling athletes like ninepins as he strives to keep the school relevant in this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
In short, it has been a challenging season for the Marescaux Road-based school, usual top-five finishers among the girls. "Difficult is putting it mildly," said a frustrated coach Carr.
On Wednesday, Carr witnessed Class Four runner Ashanti Clarke pull up with a groin strain after just a few steps in the 200 metres. It is yet another setback for the school. Clarke competed in the 100m yesterday and Carr would be hoping she can remain healthy enough to earn points.
"It has been very challenging so far. We came into these championships with some niggling injuries and what has happened now is that those injuries have come to the forefront and the girls are falling like ninepins," he said while consoling Clarke on Wednesday.
He said, despite the injuries, his girls are going to make a good showing of it.
"We are going to put the best forward just the same. If you noticed, we had to pull Shauna Helps from the 200 metres as well. She is not 100 per cent," he said. Helps, one of Wolmer's best medal prospects, who false-started in the 200m last year, has been carrying a lingering injury throughout the season, Carr revealed, but after what he said was a "last-minute assessment", decided to withdraw her from the event.
Hurdler Janique Brown is also carrying injuries as well as Chris-Ann Brown. "Some of the key players are not at a full hundred, but we are going to fight," Carr said.
Carr is now banking on his healthy athletes to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the school's tradition of excellence.
"We have two good Class Four long jumpers, Noella Mason and Vanessa Brown, both are in the top four in the long jump finals. Abigail Wilks in the Class Four high jump has been doing well for us all season, and there is Danielle Spence in the triple jump. So in the field we are a little stronger."