Paul Francis to take over from brother Stephen at MVP

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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There has been a change at the top of the coaching ranks at the world-renowned MVP Track Club for the first time since it came into being in September 1999, as Paul Francis will take over the reins from his older brother Stephen, according to a release issued yesterday.

The release from club President Bruce James said: “The MVP Track & Field Club is pleased to advise that Paul Francis has been appointed head coach of the MVP Track & Field Club,” taking over the day to day duties of running the club he co-founded with Stephen.

Paul, who has been part of the national coaching set-up at major senior internationals, is a Level IV IAAF-certified coach in sprints and hurdles. He is also one of the highest-ranked IAAF technical officials in Jamaica and is designated as an Area Technical Official (ATO) in NACAC by the IAAF.

According to the release, Stephen, who was awarded the Order of Jamaica on Monday, “will no longer have coaching duties at MVP Track & Field Club. Stephen will now provide private coaching services to select individual athletes”.

Both men will, however, continue in their roles as track and field coaches at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

The club that has produced the likes of World Championships and Olympic games champions Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Melainie Walker and Elaine Thompson, World Champion Brigitte Foster and former World Record holder Asafa Powell has, to date, won 56 IAAF World Championship medals, 28 Olympic medals, 25 Jamaican National Records, 3 Olympic Records, and 5 World Records.

– Paul Reid

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