Veteran coaches Glen Mills, Fitz Coleman, Michael Carr and Wayne Long will receive lifetime achievement awards at a ceremony scheduled for Thursday, October 6, which is celebrated as National Coaches Day.
The four will be among several coaches to be honored at the ceremony, which will take place at the Medallion Hall hotel in Kingston. Prizes will be awarded in four categories – Silver (20-25), Gold (26-30), Platinum (30-40) and Lifetime Award (Over 40).
A total of 192 applications, representing 38 people, were recently received by the association.
October 6 is recognized as National Coaches Day in many federations in North America and the Caribbean. During the day, coaches from all sports are recognized and the issues and challenges facing coaches are highlighted.
On September 27, 2022, Governor General Sir Patrick Linton Allen declared by proclamation that October 6 would be recognized and celebrated as National Coaches Day in Jamaica and would encourage all citizens to “join in the efforts throughout the year to recognize the involvement and impact of coaches on the development of our people and the national psyche, encourage and support their continued sacrifice and dedication to the development of their charges and encourage a general change in attitude towards the profession .
The Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association is an internationally recognized body that serves track and field coaches in Jamaica, covering primary, secondary, tertiary, club and elite athletes.
The association is affiliated with the JAAA and is endorsed by World Athletics. It is also the representative body for all track and field coaches in Jamaica.