Project Triple Jump is in full, fall training mode for the 2016-17 season, with the next clinic being a return trip to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida -- coming up Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9, 2016.
This clinic is open to all interested athletes and coaches, and you can register HERE. The cost is $295. All participants must complete and bring a signed copy of THIS WAIVER (pdf download). Also, for those non-boarders who wish to eat on campus, the prices for meals “a la carte” are $11 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, and $19 for dinner.
We made our first trip to IMG last October and had a fantastic clinic, including great sessions with 2004 Olympic long jump Gold Medalist (and 4-time World Champ) Dwight Phillips and British Olympian Joice Maduaka -- in addition to the usual outstanding mentoring from Project Head Coach Peter Pratt and Project Coordinator Macka Jones. You can read about that clinic HERE.
The Project is fresh off its annual clinic in Nassau, Bahamas, which took place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, which bridged the end of its 5th year (2015-16) and the beginning of the 6th. A mid-winter clinic is planned, as well.
U. of Georgia soph Keturah Orji (Project Class of '14) barely qualified for the final in her first Olympic triple jump, getting one fair jump in the trials – a 46-2.25 for 12th. But once in the finals, she unleashed the beast, hop-skip-and-jumping a jaw-dropping 48-3.25 on her first attempt, holding down 2nd after one round. Orji couldn’t improve on that mark, but did add three more jumps at 47-2 or better and finished in 4th place – just an inch away from a bronze medal. It was the highest finish ever by an American in the TJ, beating Sheila Hudson’s 10th from 1996, and matched her 4th at the World Indoor champs this past March (see below for more "alumni" notes).
Peter Pratt: Coach Pratt has been coaching track and field for more than 30 years. He is a former Bahamian triple jumper, winner of the inaugural CARIFTA Games, NCAA Champion and current Bahamian National team coach. Pratt is an IAAF Level V Diploma Elite Coach for Horizontal Jumps and currently coaches Jumper's INC. He has developed countless triple jumpers over the past two decades, including the Mimms twins currently bursting onto the international junior scene and gold and bronze medalists at a recent World Youth Championships. In 2001 he began a 3-year stint as National Jumps Coach for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has coached athletes that eventually went on to be medalist at every level of the sport. He normally represents the Bahamas on occasions at various international events.
Coach Macka L. Jones is the NSAF’s Project Triple Jump Coordinator. He has been coaching track and field for over 14 years and is IAAF Level V Certified in the Jumps and USATF Level II certified in the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and endurance events. He also holds a technical coaching certification from the USTFCCCA. A former All Conference Triple Jumper at the University of Texas at El Paso, Jones has dedicated himself to the study and discipline of the jumping events. Prior to working with NSAF he was the head coach of a championship track and field and cross country team at El Dorado High School in El Paso, TX and co-founder of the Texas Heat Track Club, a team that has produced several national champions in the long and triple jump such as Felix Obi (now at Baylor University), Felicienne Axel, and most recently Keandre Bates who represented the US at the 2013 World Youth Championships.
More information on the Triple Jump Tradition of the Bahamas can be found HERE.
Project Triple Jumpers enjoyed another great campaign during the 2015-16 season. In the fall, we trained for the first time at IMG Academy, where the many highlights included learning from and working with Olympic LJ gold medalist Dwight Phillips. In January, we returned to the outstanding facility at Desert Vista, AZ, for some mild weather winter training. With the annual Bahamas clinic being a little later this year, it will serve as a bridge of sorts between seasons.
Here is a list of some of the top achievements for our jumpers this past season:
The ongoing goal of this project is to identify emerging elite youth and junior triple jump talent and provide them with the best technical and training methods available, and to maximize their development to international level jumpers in order represent the United States in Olympic/World Championship events.
State-of-the-art coaching and training instruction is available to any coaches and athletes who attend the camps, in addition to the selected and sponsored throwers in this program. In a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S., Project Triple Jump brings the top U.S. and Bahamanian triple jump coaches together to provide a level of understanding and education about triple jump technique and training never before available in the U.S.
The clinic is open to any interested coaches and athletes for observation and interaction with our coaching staff. Coaches and athletes are encouraged to film, ask questions and generally be involved so they can gain maximum benefit from the Project.
NOTE TO COLLEGIATE COACHES
We welcome all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA College coaches to attend our clinics.