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Charles van Commenee looks ahead to 2010 indoor season

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Charles van Commenee

01 December 2009

Charles van Commenee is understandably looking forward to the beginning of the 2010 season, which starts indoors, having enjoyed a memorable year as Head Coach of UK Athletics.

While most eyes will have been on the feats of a certain Usain Bolt in Berlin, at the World Championships, there was definitely one pair, looking through some black-rimmed glasses, firmly focused on the British camp.  And it wasn’t long before the rest of the country followed suit as the Brits went on to exceed van Commenee’s five-medal target by one, plus they also produced 20 top-eight finishes. 

But the quest for greatness doesn’t stop there, so what does the Dutchman expect indoor season to give us.

 “After a successful year of athletics and memorable first year in post as Head Coach at UKA, I am very much looking forward to 2010. First on the agenda will be the UKA Indoor events which always provide a high level of competition and a great atmosphere.

“The Glasgow International Match is interesting as it places emphasis on representing GB&NI as a small team, which creates a feeling of unity and patriotism. Last year Mo Farah began his season in great form setting a new British Indoor Record for the 3,000m in Glasgow- it would be great if somebody in the team emulated that with another record.

“At the trials in Sheffield, all wide range of athletes from the UK have a chance to showcase the hard work put into winter training and challenge for a place in the World Indoor Championships team. I am expecting some good performances here. 

“Last year Birmingham hosted a very strong International event which pushed Mo and Kate Dennison to British records in the 3,000m and pole vault. I remember six athletes also qualified for the European Indoors. This really is one of the most important opportunities for athletes before we head to Doha for the World Indoors so I’m sure it will be a great event.”

Follow this link for tickets for the 2010 UKA Indoor and Outdoor events or phone on 0800 055 60 56.