Blue Chip Athletics set for third annual throws camp
The third annual Blue Chip Athletics Throws Camp is set for July 23-28, at Queen’s College, off Village Road. The camp will once again feature some of the top junior throwers in The Bahamas, and will once again be facilitated by Coach April Smith, from Fresno State; Coach Robert Smith, from Fresno, California (high school throws coach); Coach Ronald Cartwright (RC Athletics Head Coach); and camp organizer Coach Corrington Maycock (Blue Chip Athletics Head Coach) – together bringing over 80 years of coaching experience to the camp.
“We’re reaching out to those children who want to learn and become a part of track and field, said Maycock. “We want to ensure that every camper leaves with a wealth of knowledge. The opportunities that this camp can give you is far reaching, meaning university scholarships, national teams and the ability to compete for your school teams and character building.”
More than 10 of the previous CARIFTA medalists and members are expected to be in attendance at the camp trying to learn new techniques as well as improve their current techniques. The camp is said to be for young athletes from all walks of life and with an assortment of athletic abilities.
Through the camp, six athletes have obtained athletic scholarships, together totaling over $900,000. Those athletes are Tahj’Nee Thurston, Andira Ferguson, Latia Saunders (Fresno State), Laquell Harris (Shaw University), Dachye Stubbs (Cowley College) and Acacia Astwood (University of Nevada, Las Vegas).
The campers will learn how to throw or learn new techniques in the shot put, hammer, javelin and discus events.
Coach April Smith comes down on a regular basis from California State University, Fresno.
“We love having Coach Smith here,” said Maycock. “She’s very genuine and she loves our Bahamian athletes. She is very passionate about coaching and loves seeing progression in the campers. So, every year we look forward to having her at the Blue Chip summer camp, helping in the development of the campers. Also, as you can see, once she notices talent she’s not afraid to make them a part of her university.”
The camp gets underway at 9 a.m. every day during the week of July 23–28, and will run until 3 p.m. A mini meet will be held on the camp’s final day so that all campers can display their newly developed talents or advanced techniques to their parents and coaches.
For additional information, interested persons are asked to please contact Coach Corrington Maycock at telephone number (242) 395-6381 or at e-mail address [email protected]
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