Wilkinson said that the team’s competition against top world class athletes was essential to their success. The coach also said the team blended well and he knew that they would be in the finals and he told them once they reached that milestone anything would be possible.
The Head Coach continued by stating that once he heard the team was drawn in Lane One, he felt something special was ‘bound’ to happen because it reminded him of Kim Collins’ triumph in 2003, running out of the first lane.
Iston Williams Manager of the team credited the relay team’s success on Kim Collins’ individual success and his motivation in Daegu.
During the SKNAAA post Daegu press conference, held on Wednesday, 14th September, 2011, Williams claimed that Kim Collins acted as ‘Chief Motivator’ and this he said played a great role in the eventual success leading to the Bronze Medal.
Mr Williams said that after Collins won his bronze medal he received a Samsung Galaxy Tab and showed it to the team and told them if you “Want one you have to work for it” and the team responded by meeting their objective on the track.
He also said that the team bonding trip to Amsterdam and participation in international meets prior to the World Games helped in their preparation.
Wilkinson and Williams both expressed thanks to the Government, SKNAAA, the National Olympic Committee and others who made their success possible.
The next test, the manager outlined for the team, will be in Mexico at the Pan am Games in October this year.