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UK Athletics

Disability training trip hailed a success by Senior Performance Manager

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UK Athletics’ Senior Performance Manager for disability Tim Jones has hailed their recent stint warm weather training as a resounding success.

The training trip which incorporated both training and high level competition opportunities in Australia was organized in partnership with the BPA to enable athletes and staff to experience many aspects of their Paralympic build up.

Not only did the athletes benefit from the training experience, many were able to obtain a first hand view at how they could best prepare themselves for the challenges posed by a long journey, acclimatisation and seeing for the first time the likely pre Paralympic holding camp in Macau.

Jones, was buoyed by the way the World Class Pathway athletes reacted to the trip:

"This has been a great opportunity to expose a group of athletes to some extensive overseas travel, combining high quality training with some tough competition,” he said.

“We have been able to move many of our athletes outside of their comfort zones, but they have all reacted in a very positive manner and will benefit from this type of exposure as we close in on Beijing.

“The competition results were excellent, not withstanding the fact that it was early season. Of particular note was the World Record throw by Stephen Miller in the Club, and the host of supporting British Records from the likes of Dave Weir and Danny West.

“This tour also provided a great opportunity for new Wheelchair Racing Coach Pete Wyman and new Throws Coach Mark Edwards to start making an impact."

Jones, who is a big believer that actions undertaken by the athletes this spring will impact greatly on their achievements in 2008, reiterated the need for athletes to maintain focus.

“Once again I would draw athlete’s attention to the attached calendar outlining events for the next 80 plus weeks.

“Having adapted to the challenge of the overseas travel and training, as announced before – all of our world class athletes should seek to be targeting the same milestones along the way. –  It feels like the following planner was only released last week yet in reality it was 6 weeks ago – showing how quickly the road to Beijing 2008 is moving.”


To view the disability calendar planning document follow the link below.