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Wilson’s SprinTec cops first global senior Adds to his national honour – SprinTec Track Club
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Wilson’s SprinTec cops first global senior Adds to his national honour

London , England — Jamaica’s Head Coach Maurice Wilson could not have been a happier man as his SprinTec Track Club got its first senior international medal to add to the national honour of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, to which he was recently conferred.

The emerging club received its first senior international medal courtesy of Ristananna Tracey, who ran the race of her life to cop bronze in the 400m hurdles in a personal best 53.74 seconds.

SprinTec Track Club, which is based at G C Foster College, is headed by Wilson and outside of the more established clubs such as MVP and Racers Track Club, SprinTec provided Jamaica with nine athletes to the London World Championships.

Tracey, Demish Gaye, Sashalee Forbes, Rhonda Whyte, Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Anastasia LeRoy and Rasheed Dwyer all represented SprinTec Track Club in London.

Forbes, Levy and Morrison were a part of the women’s bronze medal 4x100m team and Gaye made the 400m final. But it is Tracey who will go down in SprinTec folklore as their first senior international medallist under Wilson, who was also the head coach of Jamaica’s team.

“It’s a great feeling. We (are) doing a lot of work and when she came to us last year we felt that we could have assisted her in terms of improving her career in track and field, and we were able to make a forward step,” said Wilson.

Tracey, who left Racers Track Club in 2015 for SprinTec, lowered her personal best from 54.15 seconds to 53.74 seconds and grabbed a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles.

American Kori Carter, running from lane nine, won in a splendid 53.07 seconds, and her teammate Dalilah Muhammad copped silver in 53.50 seconds.

“Overall we are more happy for the medal for Jamaica. Here it is not a SprinTec or whichever club, it’s Jamaica. Overall we are extremely happy for her and we are hoping that she can build on this success — don’t be complacent because there are many more achievements that can come,” said Wilson.

Wilson had coached five individual medallists at the World Junior Championships, but Tracey was his first at the senior level.

Wilson has an impressive leadership resume, having directed Jamaica’s teams in the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2000, 2004 and 2006. He served in a similar role in the Olympic Games in Athens, in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, and in three previous World Championships in Helsinki in 2005; Osaka in 2007; and Berlin in 2009.

He was also the head coach when Holmwood Technical High School won nine consecutive Girls’ Champs titles, and will also be invested with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander Class (CD) for his contribution to sports in Jamaica, and in particular track and field.

“I am extremely humbled and, as a matter of fact, I am almost lost for words. I have never really thought about national honours. I have been travelling with the national team from 2002 as a senior coach and the only thing that is in my mind is to hear the national anthem,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

“So to be rewarded is an unexpected surprise and I want to give thanks to the organisers and those persons who would have recognised the hard work that I would have put in, and even though it is hard work, it’s joy because it is what I love doing. So I am really humbled and it just inspires me to be on call for my country whenever I am requested to do so,” Wilson noted.

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