Coachless VCB hopes to stay healthy
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Sprinting dynamo Veronica Campbell-Brown may not have a coach, but she is still the most successful Jamaican female athlete in history and is hoping for one thing following last year's successful season: to have an injury-free 2011 season.
Campbell-Brown was announced on Thursday as the country's female Athlete of the Year, following a scintillating year that saw her registering the fastest times in both the 100m (10.78 seconds) and the 200m (21.98 seconds), as well as a gold-medal performance in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar.
However, with the Supreme Ventures/Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association National Champ-ionships and the International Association of Athletics Fed-erations (IAAF) World Champ-ionships in Athletics on the calendar this year, the five-time Olympic and six-time World Championships medallist is just hoping to avoid injury this year.
"Good health, that's my number one thing this year because as long as I stay healthy, the sky is the limit," said Campbell-Brown. "There is no limit on what I can do, so I'm just hoping and praying for good health."
She added: "I'm not focusing on times or anything like that, I just want to avoid injury."
No coach for three months
Campbell-Brown, who also serves as a UNESCO ambassador, has been without a coach for the past three months, and while she was not prepared to comment on her coaching situation, she did, however, underline that she is looking to continue improving her technique this season.
"With all respect, I really do not wish to speak about that at this stage," said Campbell-Brown.
In comments posted on the website www.iaaf.org last Nov-ember, she said: "Right now I'm evaluating my coaching situation and I hope to reach a conclusion soon. I'm doing my research now and want to make a decision that will be beneficial to all."
The former Vere Technical stand-out had been with Atlanta-based Tony Carpenter since October 2009, but parted ways with the coach late last year.
With the season set to begin soon, she said she is working on improving her technique.
"There is always room for improvement where technical things are concerned," said Campbell-Brown. "I can't say exactly what I'll be working on, but Im always looking to improve technically."
She added: "I'm just looking forward to running a few races and getting in shape for the National Trials and the World Champion-ships. Those are, of course, my main targets this year.
"I haven't planned my outdoor season as yet, but yes, I do have a few indoor races coming up, so I'm taking it one step at a time."
As it relates to last season, Campbell-Brown was thankful and proud of what she was able to achieve.
"I'm just thankful, I'm blessed and thankful to God for the way last year went. I appreciate everything and I'm hoping to continue to run fast. Last year has been a blessing, I couldn't have asked for anything more, it was a great year," said Campbell-Brown.