On Sunday 18th February, Great Britain & Wales international 400m hurdler Rhys Williams attended the South & East Wales Regional Development Programme (RDP) - Speed, as our guess speaker.
The format for the day was split into three sessions. Rhys presented the first session where he gave an educational insight regarding what it takes to become an international athlete to a young group of aspiring athletes and their parents/guardians. Rhys spoke about his relationships with his coaches, injuries, awareness of taking supplements and the highs and lows of his career.
Following on from this session Gareth Walton continued with one of our major themes - physical preparation, where he gave an insight into functional body movement and conditioning leading into championships, in line with the Welsh Athletics Physical Preparation resources.
The final part of the day was the continuation of functional skills and drills for relay, focusing on non-visual (4 x 100m) hand overs delivered by Neil Wheeler (National Sprints, Hurdles & Relays Manager) and supported by Diane Breeden, Lewis Clarke and myself (Jason Quirke).
On behalf of the South & East Wales Speed RDP, I would like to thank Rhys Williams for his attendance and sharing his international experience. Plus, the positive participation from athletes and parents which made for another enjoyable and educational day.
At the moment I have not arranged the next RDP, but this is currently in process and I will keep you all up to date with any other additional information.
Regional Coordinator – Speed (South & East)