National Talent Development Coordinator - Jumps & Combined Events
I grew up as a multi-event, multi-sport athlete, competing in every event up to and including cross country at a national level as well as playing, football and rugby at a high level.
My Dad, as my coach had a simple philosophy of natural movement and fun, inclusive games and drills, general physical preparedness as well as when the time came, and athletes had built sufficient work capacity, hard work and fierce competitive edge. I then went on to Brunel University to study sports science the Train Bruce Longden and eventually Greg Richards. Travelling all over the world to train and compete, never forgetting the basic run, jump, throw, multisport philosophy
I competed for Great Britain a number of times from the age of 18-26 in the decathlon including 4 European Cup Combined events Competitions, once as team captain. I coach a number of athletes at different levels and from very young up to commonwealth games standard and deliver coach education for Welsh Athletics on the Coaching assistant, Coach and Leadership in running fitness courses.
I am passionate about every child having the opportunity to run, jump and throw and believe that the life skills that athletics teaches our young people are absolutely vital in an increasingly sedentary world.
In my new role, I hope to provide a competition structure and pathway for combined events, giving opportunities for our athletes to stay in multi-events for longer in their development which will hopefully improve their skills and enjoyment, therefore helping athlete retention. I will professionalise the approach to jumps and combined events at a regional and national level, bringing them in line with the other event areas, all working together to improve standards and performance. I also would like to challenge our excellent jumps and combined events coaches sharing ideas and learning together, helping to move the sport forward now and for the future.