I came across this on the BBC Sport website. I have to admit it warmed my heart to see this. According to the country’s sports minister Olivia Grange, Jamaica gets a jump on its rivals right from the start.
I always talk about the triple T – tradition, talent and training. We have an extremely good school system. In our primary schools, physical education is mandatory, and we actually start competing from early childhood. We have our prep school championships, primary school championships, our secondary school championships.
For all of you out there looking for the secret it is right there in front of us. It is the same secret that developed all those great American athletes from the past. Physical education is the foundation for later athletic achievement. Way too simple for our country to understand or accept. It is not about kinesio tape, altitude tents, underwater treadmills, it is simple, get kids moving doing athletic activities. Let’s get real PE back into the schools and bring the focus of our athletic competition back to the schools.