The aim is to do better - Wilson
Maurice Wilson, technical leader of Jamaica's team here in Bahamas for the IAAF World Relays, says that the team will be looking to better last year's 41 points, second place finish when competition gets underway at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium today.
Wilson, who along with head coach Michael Clarke, Bert Cameron, Paul Francis and Jermaine Shand, will be leading the team's efforts, is happy with the composition of the team despite the last minute withdrawal of several University of Technology/MVP Track Club athletes.
"I think we have done a good job in putting together the best team out there to represent our country. Its unfortunate about the withdrawals but we have to move on. I think we have a good blend of experience and youth that will represent the country at the highest level," said Wilson.
"The objective is to do better. We always try to supersede whatever we've done before. It's the typical nature of us as Jamaicans. We are extremely competitive and the country on a whole always expects the team to do better each time," Wilson said ahead of yesterday's training session. "From my personal point of view, I think the team is going to do very well, especially in the 4x400 metre relays for both men and women."
Wilson noted that the World Relays presents a pretty good opportunity for less experienced athletes to make a name for themselves on the international scene.
"This is a very important championships because the other championships require a trial system and the fact that athletes can represent their country by being selected or invited helps. For example, we have young Nathon Allen who is going to be representing his country at the senior international level for the first time. So, getting the opportunity to participate at this level is really good," Wilson said.