'We tried not to overburden the athletes' - KC coach Grant reveals secret to record points total

By Sports Desk March 31, 2019

Kingston College (KC) head coach Leaford Grant believes better man management, which limited the workload shouldered by individual athletes, was a key factor in a record ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships-winning performance on Saturday.

The north street-based team put together several powerful performances, which led to the highest ever points total of 395.5.  The points total, which was good enough to dethrone champions Calabar but was also a record for the games, eclipsed the previous mark of 368.5 set by the dethroned champions.

Grant revealed that the unprecedented success was brought about by a break with traditional practices of sorts, which often sees athletes compete in as many events as possible.

“What we tried to do was not to overburden the athletes.  We tried to use one athlete per event so that we did not put a lot of pressure on our athletes,” Grant said.

“Probably in the past you would have seen a number of athletes doing more than one events at Champs.  We realized have so many athletes doing more than one events put a strain on the youngster’s bodies,” he added.

“We decided that we weren’t to do that this year. The results were fewer injuries and we had a good Champs .”

En route to winning their first title since 2009 and dethroning seven-time champions Calabar the Purples suffered did, in fact, suffer very few injuries and mishaps.

 

 

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