As Grenadian Field Coach Paul Phillip wraps up his two-week coaching session with the Cayman Islands Athletics Association (CIAA), he says Cayman’s senior throwers still have room to grow.
After working with National Men’s javelin record holder Alex Pascal, Phillip was encouraged by what he saw.
“Great talent,” said Phillip. “We have started a programme with him from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.”
Pascal, who was injured at the games, did not throw. Phillip says, however, since working with him he is confident Pascal can reach further distances.
“Within that short period of time, he would be able to throw 66 meters to 73 meters. It was a shame he got hurt. He could throw over 75, his personal best easily.”
Phillip says he has also worked with 2018 CARIFTA Games silver medalist, national women’s javelin record holder Daneliz Thomas, and 2018 Caribbean Union of Teachers silver medalist Rachel Pascal. He says he’s reworked their fundamentals.
“There is just a few things they need to change. The throwers here use the upper body to throw javelin. My focus is to use the whole body to throw. I break it down so they understand what they need to do.”
Phillip also worked with the Athletics Association’s younger throwers while in Cayman.