Olympic medalists and sports psychologist to speak at seminar

The 3rd Annual Youth and Junior Athletes Symposium returns to Cayman this month, and the featured presenters include Olympic Medalists Gregory Haughton and Juliette Campbell, and sports psychologist Nicholas Powell. The Invictus Sports Academy, in association with the Mustang Track Club, will host the symposium at Town Hall in George Town on June 25.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, 400m-specialist Haughton is a three-time Olympic medalist, six-time World Championships medalist, one-time Goodwill Games Champion and a gold medalist at the Pan American Games in 1999.

For Haughton, who now uses his athletic and academic experience to assist individuals in achieving their potential, receiving an athletic scholarship to Central Arizona College, becoming a three-time Olympic Medalist, and obtaining his doctorate degree in Business Management at North Central University are just some of the defining personal moments in his life. Following the death of his wife that left him to raise their daughters, is also a defining moment for the athlete.

Having established the Haughton Mentoring group, whose vision is to inspire individuals to achieve their potential, Haughton is enthusiastic about sharing his philosophy and athletic accomplishments in the upcoming seminar.

Former Jamaican sprinter Juliette Campbell, who first competed in Carifta Games at 15 years old, has had a successful athletic career with her first major international event taking her to Barcelona, Spain for the 4×400 relay in the 1992 Olympic Games. A year later, she competed as a member of Jamaica’s 4×400 relay team, who went on to win bronze in the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

In the 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, she represented Jamaica again in the 4×400 relay and in the 400m. Two years later, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she won silver in the 200m and 4×100 relay.

She went on to secure gold and silver in the 200m and 4×400 relay at the World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal, and she took bronze in the 4×100 Relay at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Later that year she took silver and bronze at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia in the 200m and 4x100m.

In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, Campbell took silver in the 200m and 4×100, and in 2003 she medaled her last World Indoor Championships with a bronze in 200m.

Having studied sports management, the Auburn University graduate formed Brick House International Sports Management, which represents various track and field athletes, and she has also worked with Puma International.

For sports psychologist Nicholas Powell, his background with competing and coaching in track and field allows him to assist athletes to get the most out of their training. In the last six years, Mr. Powell has provided support to clients in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, also known as the NCAA, the World Track and Field Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games. Mr. Powell has provided support to athletes and groups in the U.S., and throughout the Caribbean, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mr. Powell, who earned a bachelor of science in physical education and psychology from McKendree College, and a master in kinesiology from Southern Illinois University, is the principal consultant of The Mind Game Consulting company.

Before accepting an athletic scholarship in the U.S. in 1999, the Jamaican-born sports psychologist had training as a coach from G.C. Foster College.

The seminar’s featured topics include “Academics and Athletics,” and the “Mental Preparation Required to be a Winning Athlete.” The event will also see six athletes being awarded for their performance this season.

The Youth and Junior Athletes Symposium begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.