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JAAA boss praises coach Graham

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 6:31 PMLeighton Levy
Lennox Graham

Danielle Williams' coach, Lennox Graham, has come in for praise from Dr Warren Blake, president of Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), for the work he has done in preparing Danielle Williams to win sprint hurdles gold in Beijing, China, this past August.

Graham is the head coach of the women's programme at Johnson C. Smith University in the United States, where he coached Williams and her sister, Shermaine, as well as Leford Green. Prior to joining the university in the winter of 2007, Graham was a member of the Kingston College coaching staff that guided the school to six titles at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships between 2001 and 2007.

Graham was also a member of the Jamaican coaching staff at the World Championships, which allowed him the chance to work closely with the world champion hurdler.

"We have recognised that he has been doing very good work in the specialist area of hurdling, and when you do good work you will be rewarded," Dr Blake said Monday following a ceremony at The Queen's School that was held in honour of Williams' gold medal run.

Graham's talents have brought him tremendous success at Johnson C. Smith. Since his appointment there, Graham has transformed the JCSU track and field programme, having immediate impact at the collegiate and international levels.

To Williams, who has trained under Graham for all of her collegiate career, during which she won many National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II titles, Graham is more than just an award-winning coach.

"Coach Graham is a wonderful coach and a mentor. He literally takes his time with me to help fix things that need fixing and he is patient," she said. "There are times when I don't want to train, and he knows I don't want to train, and he works with me and he works around me. He is really the man who is responsible for my successes. He has taken me from a mediocre athlete and turned me into a world-class athlete."