We received some fantastic feedback from athletes, parents and coaches who attended the latest National Development Programme held at the National Indoor Athletics Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University on Sunday 20th November. This year we were extremely fortunate to be joined by Olympic Games 2006 Bronze Medallist Goldie Sayers and European Championships 2012 Gold medallist Rhys Williams who both delivered highly engaging sessions to all in attendance.
“I Just want to say a big thank you to you all who organised and participated in today's event. As a parent, I enjoyed the workshops, especially anti-doping awareness, I never imagined how dangerous and complicated this could be.
Having top performing athletes in this type of an event is great idea, very inspirational and motivational for kids”.
Rhys Williams delivered some highly-thought provoking sessions on Anti-Doping based upon his own experiences. The feedback received from athletes highlighted that they now have a better understanding of the risks involved with using supplements and that making sure that their diet is fuelling them appropriately should be the first course of action.
The Javelin throwers benefited from a technical session with Goldie at Cardiff International Sports Campus. Giving both athletes and coaches things to consider and potentially work on as the winter progresses. In the afternoon, Goldie delivered a Multi Throws / Rotation Workshop; it was great to see coaches interacting in these sessions too.
Goldie was also kind enough to take part in a Question and Answer hosted by Matt Elias. it was captivating listening to Goldie’s story. It was interesting listening to Goldie’s view that athletes should not specialise too early and the importance that robustness plays in ensuring a long-term athletic career.
We were fortunate to have the support of Sport Wales for the day. They conducted some testing and data collection with athletes (a copy of individual data can be provided on request). The data helps to better inform how we support and deliver athlete and coach development, it has also been a major driver behind the creation of our Physical Preparation resources for coaches, produced in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University and Sport Wales.
A big thank you to;
- The parents who made it possible for the athletes to attend
- The athletes for attending and immersing themselves in this opportunity
- The Coaches for attending and supporting your athletes
- Goldie and Rhys for providing such inciteful sessions for everybody
- Cardiff Met University, again it was amazing to use the world class facility NIAC is
- Cardiff City House of Sport, Cardiff International Sports Stadium thanks to for making the infield available for the Javelin Session
We now look forward to 2017 and watching our junior athletes compete at all levels.
Athletes, parents and coaches - For further information on Anti-Doping please contact Adrian Palmer email@example.com
Coaches - For further information on the Physical Preparation resource please contact firstname.lastname@example.org