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Spencer hails Blazers 'family'

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 2:00 AM

Describing her new-found Cameron Blazers training group as "home" and new clubmates and training partners as "family," 400m hurdles standout Kaliese Spenser remains confident that this partnership will take her career to the next level.

Late last year, the Olympian ended her 10-year association with the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club for Bert Cameron's Cameron Blazers outfit.

This is a move Spencer contends she does not regret.

Cameron, himsel a 1983 World champion in the 400m, has been attracting a number of rising and local stars from the local athletics landscape.

"I am just trying to work on the things I am weak at. I am with a different club right now, so there are many things that I am working at trying to be technically inclined - right now.

"I wasn't before, so I am pretty much stronger, so I am trying to stay injury free, and once I am healthy, I think I will run faster times," the 28-year-old told The Gleaner in a recent interview.

Spencer, who has her own place in history as one of the most dominant Diamond League athletes said that she is over her failure to medal at last summer's IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

"I am training hard and I am trying to stay injury free, and, hopefully, this year will be the year for great things," she said, while adding that her sights were firmly set on medalling at Rio this year.

"Just stay focused, and with God on my side, I am going to just pray, and I have friends and family to motivate me, so that's a good thing.

"We just go to training and just enjoying training, so the best will come," Spencer added.

- S. F.