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Welsh Athletics host inaugural Phase 1 course


Peter Simmons

ALTIS Brand Lead & MD of 5or6 Design & Branding

This weekend saw Welsh Athletics host the inaugural European WAC Phase 1 Throws, Sprints and Hurdles course as part of their partnership with the Phoenix based Altis.

The weekend event, delivered by world renowned coaches John Godina, Stuart McMillan and Andreas Behm gave Coach – Athlete partnerships unique insights and perspectives into the philosophies underpinning the repeated success WAC coaches have enjoyed.

Coaches McMillan, Behm and Godina delivered event specialist material on day one to a total of 42 Welsh and International coaches on the theoretical framework behind world class athlete preparation in the sprints, hurdles and throws at the NIAC in Cardiff.

“The best learning weekend of my life.” – Matt Elias, European and Commonwealth medalist

Day two, delivered in Swansea focused on the practical application of the previous day, and saw a total of 34 athletes and their coaches engage in a day of event specific technical training under the tutelage of the WAC coaching staff. Feedback was outstanding, with visiting coaches noting “total engagement” to world class sessions demanding “a high degree of concentration from the athletes.”

Likewise, National Event group lead for sprints and hurdles Matt Elias praised the phase I weekend course coining it “the best learning weekend of my life.”

Athlete feedback echoed the reflections of the coaches with Welsh duo Katy Whitley & Nina Prells praising a “brilliant training session…” in which they “learnt so much.”

The WAC were delighted with the feedback which proved the weekend to be a resounding success, and are looking forward to the continued partnership with Welsh Athletics to deliver on the target of “preparing coaches and athletes to represent Wales and win Commonwealth Games medals.”

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