Westfield Sports learn the Jamaican way

On ya marks: Xavier Brown shares some sprinting techniques with the Westfield Sports athletics squad last week. Picture: Wesley Lonergan
On ya marks: Xavier Brown shares some sprinting techniques with the Westfield Sports athletics squad last week. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

WHEN it comes to sprinting there is the right way, the wrong way and the "Jamaican way".

Just ask Usain Bolt's former training partner Xavier Brown.

Brown visited Westfield Sports High School last week to share his wisdom on sprinting, technique and the "Jamaican way".

"Essentially the Jamaican way is hard work," he said. "There are a lot of talented athletes out there and, in the end, it comes down to how bad you want it and going that extra mile to reach your goals.

"You need to have that belief you can run fast and be dedicated."

A talented runner in his own right and now renowned Jamaican sprint coach, Brown put the Westfield Sports athletics squad through their paces, including a session on nailing the start of a race.

The big question is — did he ever beat Usain Bolt in a race?

"Yeah, but only in training when he was fatigued," he joked.

"We worked together for seven years and there was a lot of ups and downs but we had great fun on and off the track."

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