Been there, done that: Troy Douglas, middle lane, is seen here competing at the World Championships (with Greece's Aristotelis Gavelas, left, and Britain's Jason Gardener). He coached for The Netherlands at the London Olympics and is expected to bring his wealth of knowledge to the Bermuda head coaching job for the Bermuda Track and Field Association. *AFP photo
Been there, done that: Troy Douglas, middle lane, is seen here competing at the World Championships (with Greece's Aristotelis Gavelas, left, and Britain's Jason Gardener). He coached for The Netherlands at the London Olympics and is expected to bring his wealth of knowledge to the Bermuda head coaching job for the Bermuda Track and Field Association. *AFP photo

WEDNESDAY, SEP. 26: Troy Douglas is bursting with enthusiasm.

The new head coach for the Bermuda Track and Field Association was introduced to the media yesterday for the first time after securing his new position.

*Douglas previously was the coach of the Netherlands 4x100 relay team and he help guide them to a sixth place finish  at the Olympics.

“The challenges are exciting,” Douglas said. “It’s about putting together a coaching staff.

“I’m looking forward to putting together a team of coaches that’s going to help us bring our athletes to the next level. I’m looking forward to it.”

He said there plenty of opportunities ahead for the association.

Olympics

“I debuted this year as a national coach at the Olympics and we placed sixth so I have four years to get back to a finals.”

Douglas also coached The Netherlands to win the European Championships.

“I have a reputation that I have built up for myself and my colleagues so I have to put 100 per cent into track and field, athletics, so when I step on the track with the Bermuda national team to compete, we have to really compete.”

Douglas said “the sky’s the limit’ for Bermuda and the next Carifta Games and he expects five athletes to qualify for the 2016 Brazil Olympics.

He said Tyrone Smith and Arantxa King should be back for their third Olympics but Tre Houston, Aaron Evans and Shaquille Dill should also qualify.

He said medal possibilities at that level is in the future “but Brazil is too soon. The transformation that is being asked of an athlete mentally is much greater than the physical challenge.

“But what we’re going to do now, is have to use this generation to elevate the next generation. We’re really going to reap the benefits of this generation — not Brazil, but the next Olympics after it. That’s the way we have to look at it.”

*The newspaper version of this story was incorrect about Mr Douglas position with The Netherlands.