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UK Athletics Race Walking Conference

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Getting the UK back to the Olympic standard is the theme of the UK Athletics Race Walking Conference and Research Squad Camp, supported by the British Athletics Federation, at Leeds Metropolitan University on 26-29 October.

 

The inspiration will be provided at the Conference by Ian McCombie, described by UK Event Coach Andi Drake as “the last male GB race walker to really deliver at championship level”.

 

Drake says: “Ian always got it right and I only ever beat him once (something I'm very proud of!). His message will be important as he set the UK record in the 1988 Olympics while working full time, something that we easily lose sight of in a world of funding programmes. Of course today Ian would have been on a World Class programme as a result of that level of performance, which may have allowed him to make some choices about work and developed to a medal shot for the 1992 Olympics.” The title of McCombie’s contribution is ‘Setting a British Record at the 1988 Olympics’.

 

The Conference starts at 9am on Sunday with registration in the Jubilee Room, James Graham Building, Headingley Campus.

 

Delegates will then move to the James Graham Building for the welcome address by Malcolm Brown, Carnegie Director of Sport, who has vast endurance coaching experience.

 

Andy Paul, Head of Athletics Development, UK Athletics, will update delegates on the 5 Ring model; and Andi Drake will debate: ‘Was Robert Korzeniowski One in a Million?’

 

Delegates will get a chance to have their say in a forum on athlete development to close the session.

 

A total of 23 athletes have been invited into the Research Squad Camp. The GB Squad consists of Nick Ball, Luke Finch, Daniel King, Dominic King, Ben Wears, Johanna Jackson, Rebecca Mersh, Chelsea O'Rawe-Hobbs, Katie Stones. In Regional Squads are Antonio Cirillo, Kathryn Granger, Matthew Halliday, Mark Hambridge, Simon Hambridge, Emma Latham, Fiona McGorum, Natalie Myers, Mark O'Kane, Jack Tomlin. Senior athletes grant-funded by the British Athletics Foundation are Scott Davies, Steve Hollier, Andy Penn, Estle Viljoen.

 

Coaches involved are Brian Adams, Steve Arnold, Jim Ball, Irene Bateman, Martin Bell, Mandy Briggs, Rick Cattermole, Liz Corran, Maureen Graham, Martin Hesketh, Maureen Jackson, Chris Maddocks.

 

Staff: Spencer Barden, UKA Senior Coordinator – Endurance; Andi Drake, UKA UK Event Coach – Race Walking; Brian Hanley, Biomechanist, Leeds Metropolitan University (+ intern); Chris Hall, Sports Nutritionist, Sports Nutrition Plus/Coventry University; Neil Holmes, Athletics Development Officer, Leeds Metropolitan University; Ian Richards, Race Director, 2007 European Race Walking Cup; Aaron Thomas, Leeds Metropolitan University (+ intern); Claire Wheller, UKA Race Walking Squad Physiotherapist.

 

Each athlete will receive biomechanical advice, physiotherapy screening, functional movement appraisal and nutrition advice. And there will be plenty of time for training.