Commonwealth champion McMaster says new coach a good fit

By April 16, 2018
Kyron McMaster believes his new coach Lennox Graham is working out in his favour. Kyron McMaster believes his new coach Lennox Graham is working out in his favour.

Kyron McMaster, the 2018 Commonwealth Games 400-metre-hurdles gold medalist, believes his decision to train with Lennox Graham is working out to his benefit.

The Commonwealth champion was forced to leave his home island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands in October 2017, after Hurricane Irma destroyed the island and killed his coach Xavier “Dag” Samuels during its passage across the island in September.

After much thought, McMaster joined Graham, a Jamaican, who guided Danielle Williams to the World Championships 100-metre hurdles title in 2015. After only six months they worked well enough together to provide McMaster and the BVI with perhaps their greatest sporting moment. That moment came on April 12, when the  21-year-old hurdler became the first athlete from the BVI to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games when he claimed the gold medal n a world-leading 48.25s.

 “You can definitely see that the programme is shaping into place,” he told SportsMax.TV even while admitting that the move to South Carolina has not been easy.

“It’s been a rough six months because of those six months I have been injured a month and a half so I will say that the programme is working very well,” he said.

“We just had to adapt to the cold, the training in indoor facilities, training to a different programme; but we still understand each other and we communicate a lot in terms of how the body is feeling and what type of workouts is best for me. Instead of breaking me down we work on what we already have.”

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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