AUDIO: I felt like an outcast, says former MVP athlete Kaliese Spencer
Olympians Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day have made their first public comments since news broke last week that they were leaving the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club.
The athletes who have since joined Bert Cameron's ‘Cameron Blazers’ have thanked Francis for his decade-long guidance, but say they were not getting the desired attention at the University of Technology-based MVP Track Club.
"I felt like an outcast," said Spencer 400m hurdles gold medal winner at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and one of the most successful athletes in the history of the IAAF Diamond League.
Day, the national 400m champion and World Championships finalist, said she too felt uncomfortable remaining at MVP.
"I know I will improve," she said, adding that she is satisfied with the attention that Cameron gives his athletes. "I am looking forward to the future," she said.
In the meantime, the athletes say the way in which they separated from MVP was regrettable.
According to Day, following two meetings with Francis, he informed her via a text message that he would not continue to train her.
She said during the meeting, Francis asked her to prove that she could repeat her performance on joining the club 10 years ago and said he would give her time to think about it.
But she said before she could respond, Francis sent her the text message advising that the relationship had ended.
Meanwhile, Spencer said two days after deciding she would not return to MVP, Francis appeared on television announcing that their relationship had ended.
But Spencer said she had no discussions whatsoever with Francis.
"I thought that he was going to have a meeting with me, I heard he was going to, but nobody from the MVP management team got back to me, I just saw him on the television talking to me," Spencer said.