SprinTec, GC Foster College formalize long-term relationship

David Mais (seated left) and Dr. Paul Auden of GC Foster College and SprinTec track club, respectively sign the MOU between the two entities at the college on Friday.

Jamaica’s SprinTec Track Club and the GC Foster College on Friday formalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the intent of paving a path to them becoming powerful forces in world athletics.

David Mais, Chairman of GC Foster and Dr Paul Auden, the club’s chairman, signed the relevant documents during a lavish ceremony at the college’s Spanish Town, St. Catherine campus.

The club has been operating from the college’s campus since 2003 when SprinTec head coach Maurice Wilson coached Jamaica’s Christopher Williams to the silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Paris.

Under the formalized agreement, SprinTec continues to have access to the college’s facilities while the college’s student-athletes gain access to benefits available to the club via their sponsorship by global apparel brand Adidas.

“GC Foster has some of the best facilities in the island, so they (SprinTec) will benefit from that. GC Foster has been benefitting from the goodwill of SprinTec. The college has been getting gear from Adidas for many years free of cost. The college also benefits from the fact that they can utilize the image of some of our high-profile athletes to market the institution,” said Wilson, who pursued undergraduate studies at GC Foster after he graduated from Mico Teachers College.

“The college also benefits from the collegiate athletes getting competent medical assistance through the intervention of the agents of some of the athletes that we have here.”

Wilson, who is also the Acting Principal of GC Foster College, also explained that emerging athletes from the college get the opportunity to compete in Europe even though they are not professional athletes, and the college does not have to bear the cost of travel and accommodation.

Jonique Thompson, the Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles bronze medallist is one of the students at GC Foster College who has benefitted from being able to get exposure in Europe while completing her degree at GC Foster. Thompson, the 2013 World U18 Champion, is the first athlete in that age group to run the sprint hurdles in under 13 seconds.

“I am extremely happy. I feel pleased to know that what we are trying to develop is about a partnership that will stand the test of time,” Wilson said.

SprinTec is home to a number Jamaica’s elite athletes including 2018 CAC 100m champion Sasha Lee Forbes, CAC 400m hurdles champion Ronda Whyte, 2018 NACAC 400m champion Demish Gaye, 2015 Pan Am Games 100m champion Sherone Simpson, 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m champion Rasheed Dwyer, and 2017 World Championship 400m hurdles champion Ristanana Tracey.

Original Article posted by Sportnax.

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