Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Olympic 100-metre silver medallist, Sherone Simpson, is settling nicely at her new training camp in Florida, where she is being coached by veteran Loren Seagrave.
Simpson was one of five Jamaican athletes who returned adverse findings from drug tests conducted at the national championships in June 2013. The news both shocked and embarrassed the former Manchester High and University of Technology graduate and she went to ground, keeping out of the public eye except for when she appeared at hearings to set the dates for her disciplinary hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
She is scheduled to have her hearing on January 7 and 8, 2014.
The public spectacle that emerged from news of the positive tests drove a wedge between Simpson and Stephen Francis, her coach of the last eight years, who publicly lambasted the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion and her club-mate, Asafa Powell. Both athletes tested positive for the same stimulant, Oxylifrine.
In October, it was reported that Simpson, who in 2010 came close to leaving MVP, made a move to Florida to train with renowned speed coach Seagrave, who has coached Bahamian icon Pauline Davis and current World 400-metre champion Lashawn Merritt.
Simpson's agent Paul Doyle reveals that since she made the switch, she has been doing well.
"She's been doing great. She absolutely loves it there. She is really enjoying the coaching she's getting. Every week she is excited about her first race. She's been adjusting really well and getting more optimistic every day," he says.
Doyle says the sprinter is not out of the woods yet, mentally, but has been showing steady progress as she awaits her hearing and then looking forward to resuming her career.
"Time heals wounds, but there is a lot ahead for her, and it's still very disappointing for her," he said.
"Eventually, she is going to get through this and return to the Sherone that we always knew - the happy-go-lucky kind of girl who is out there competing."