Veteran track coaches Glen Mills, Fitz Coleman among four to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

By Sports Desk October 05, 2022

Veteran coaches Glen Mills, Fitz Coleman, Michael Carr and Wayne Long will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for long and distinguished service during a ceremony set for Thursday, October 6, which is celebrated as National Coaches Day.

The four will be among several coaches to be honoured at the ceremony that will be held at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston. Awards will be presented in four categories - Silver (20-25 years), Gold (26-30 years), Platinum (30-40 years) and Lifetime Award (Over 40 years).

A total of 192 nominations, which represented 38 individuals, were recently received by the association.

October 6 is recognized as National Coaches Day across many of federations in North America and the Caribbean. On the day, coaches across all sports are recognized and issues and challenges facing coaches are brought into focus.

On September 27, 2022, the Governor General, Sir Patrick Linton Allen, declared by proclamation that Oct 6 be recognized and celebrated as National Coaches Day in Jamaica and encourage all citizens to “join in year-round efforts to recognize the involvement and impact of coaches on the development of our people and the national psyche, provide encouragement and support for their continued sacrifice and dedication to the development of their charges and encourage a general attitudinal change towards the profession.

The Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association is an internationally recognized body which serves Jamaica’s track and field coaches, covering Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Club and Elite athletes.

The association is an affiliate of the JAAA and is endorsed by World Athletics. It is also the representative body for all Track and Field coaches in Jamaica.

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