Given the raw talent seen from young Vincentian field athletes, renowned Throws Specialist, Grenadian, Paul Phillip, is optimistic that a few “good” throwers will emerge from St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in the not too distant future.
Phillip’s optimism came after completing the first phase of coaching towards the Development of National Sports Structure (DNSS), for Team Athletics SVG.
After 10 weeks, during which Phillip engaged athletes from schools, clubs and the community, across SVG, his assessment is that talent abounds.
No stranger to SVG, Phillip related: “What I have seen on this visit are many throwers who are willing to learn and who have been learning fast and this augurs well for the development of throwers”.
Phillip, who is set to return to SVG after the Christmas break, revealed that he plans to work more closer with those who are adept to the Shot Putt and Discus.
“When I get back early in January, I would be working closely with the identified talents, and get them to that next level”, he related.
Additionally, Phillip disclosed that he would like to have more coaches involved in the throws, in order to carry on the programme with those identified talents.
“Hopefully we can get more persons involved in the throws, as the identified talents need to be harnessed… We cannot let the progress seen go to waste”, he indicated.
Phillip, who has been conducting throws programmes here in SVG for the past nine years, said he wants his expertise to result in a sustained throws programme.
A world class Throws Coach, Phillip has produced Anderson Peters, also Grenadian. Peters won the World title in the Javelin in 2019 (Doha, Qatar ) and repeated the feat in 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
Peters also won the Pan Am Games title in 2019, when it was held in Peru.