Track & Field

Asafa Issues Rallying Call For Athlete Support

Asafa Powell has taken to the media in his home country of Jamaica to highlight the struggle that some of his teammates must go through just to represent their country. Jamaica finished second on the medal table at the Beijing world championships with a total tally of 12 medals (7 gold). But it’s the Jamaican athletes outside of the superstar bubble (of Bolt, Powell, Fraser-Pryce etc.) that need more support and less criticism according to Powell.

Leford Green relies on family support to pay his rent

Leford Green relies on family support to pay his rent

Many of the athletes in question are struggling to pay bills, relying on family and friends for support, and working full-time jobs while trying to train. Discus thrower Jason Morgan, who is ranked no.2 in the world for 2015, broke down in tears as he spoke to RJR News – “Just thinking about all I’ve been through, makes me want to stop. Two days before I compete at the championship here, my supervisor text me to ask when I am coming back to work.”

Powell also highlighted the plight of his fellow athletes on his twitter, which you can scroll through below.
You can listen to the short audio clip from the athletes on RJR here.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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