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Frans Bosch is professor author on biomechanics and motor learning at Fontys University for Applied Science in the Netherlands. Bosch has a unique approach to sprinting biomechanics and training, focusing on positive running with the ‘BK method’ which he co-developed with Ronald Klomp.
The Dutchman has been coaching in the field of athletics for over thirty years, working with elite sprinters and jumpers. His talent in biomechanics has been developed from his wide ranging experiences including national jumps coach at the Royal Netherlands Track and Field Association (KNAU) from 2003-2006. He also served on his country’s Olympic staff at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and at the Athens Games in 2004. He is currently the sprint consultant to the Wales Rugby Team, who earlier this year claimed the Grand Slam at the 2012 Six Nations Championships.

Barry is a UKA coach educator and endurance coach who works with clients in the area of relationship management. He has recently completed a programme with the elite coaches of England Squash and Racquetball helping them to improve their communication skills.
He believes that underpinning all great partnership success is the relationship that exists between them and self awareness is crucial to this success, and his recent articles published by Athletics Weekly have developed this theme. As a business coach he works in the corporate, charity and sports sectors helping organisations understand how to improve and manage their partnership working.
He will be discussing the Type Mapping system which helps coaches understand how they interact and work with others in both 1-1 and team environments to maximise both coach and athlete performance by enhancing greater awareness of oneself and other people.

Frank Dick is President of the European Athletics Coaches’ Association (EACA) and has been a key architect of the IAAF Coaches’ Academy concept.
He presided over the ‘golden age’ of British athletics, holding the post of Director of Coaching for the British Athletics Federation from 1979 to 1994, and during this time he served as Chief Coach to the British team at four Olympic Games, seven European Cups, three European Championships and three World Championships.
Frank was also personal coach to many top athletes including Daley Thompson Double Olympic Decathlon Champion. Frank has also used his expertise in coaching and training in athletics to benefit other sporting greats, including Boris Becker in tennis, Gerhard Berger in F1 racing, Katerina Witt in ice-skating and Justin Rose in golf. Few coaches have successfully transferred their expertise across sports in this way and at such a high level. Now Frank works in both the corporate and sport sector to build the coaching professions

Vern Gambetta has over 40 years coaching experience encompassing a variety of sports at all levels of competition. Vern is widely considered as the founding father of ‘Functional Sports Training and he has worked with renowned sports teams including the New York Mets, the Nike Oregon Project and the Chicago Bulls as well as many other top level sports teams.
Even with his well rounded sporting experience, Vern’s one true passion remains Track and Field athletics. Vern was the first Director of USA Track & Field coaching education programme and throughout his career has coached from grassroots to world-class level. A true testament to Vern’s renowned expertises is his development of the Gambetta Method, which represents a unique and innovative approach to training and rehabilitating athletes.

A highly respected jumps coach, Suren Ghazaryan has been a national coach in Armenia, Iran, South Korea and Bahrain. During his time in South Korea, Ghazaryan prepared both male and female long jump record holders at 8.13m (2008) and 6.76m (2009) respectively. He has also served as a coach for the South Korean Olympic Team in Beijing 2008.
Ghazaryan has extensive experience in the horizontal jumps, working and developing athletes from youths, juniors to senior athletes at international level. He has worked with athletes who have competed at numerous major championships: from World Youth Championships, World and European Junior Championships all the way to Olympic Games.

As a former hammer thrower, Marcin Góra has made seamless transition into coaching of the event. Since 2006, Góra has been a National Junior Team coach in Poland for the Hammer Throw. Poland has a strong affinity with the throws events particularly with the Hammer. In the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Poland produced both male and female Hammer Gold Medallists with a Silver Medal in London at this summer Olympiad.

Góra is charged with developing the next generation of Polish Hammer throwers and has worked with atheltes at World Junior and European Junior level as well as World University and the Beijing Olympic Games.

Peter Hannan is an IAAF Level 4 Jumps coach as well as an IAAF Academy Coach in Combined Events. Working with his wife Sharon, he is responsible for the strength and conditioning as well as the plyometric aspects of Sally Pearson’s training.

Alongside high performance coaching, Peter works with his wife in the Golden Coast of Australia managing their local athletics track as well as providing coach education and holding training sessions for local talent.

Sharon Hannan is the long term coach to Sally Pearson, Australia’s golden girl from London 2012. Pearson was first spotted by Hannan as a 12 year old and the pair have been working together ever since. Hannan has carefully developed Pearson’s talent as a young teenager and it is Hannan who has been the driving force behind the development of the newly crowned Olympic Champion.
Beijing provided Pearson with a ‘surprise silver’ and it was Sharon's meticulous preparation over the four years from Beijing to London ensured that Sally hit gold in London. With the Commonwealth, World and World Indoor titles safely under her belt, Pearson was the overwhelming favourite to take the 100m Hurdles title in London. Despite these pressures she was able to achieve the ultimate race result - an Olympic Gold medal in an Olympic Record time!

Damien Inocencio knows what he talks about, as a former pole vaulter he is now one of the leading coaches in France. Since the summer of 2008, Inocencio has coached Renaud Lavillenie all the way to Olympic Gold in London this summer.
In the four years that they have worked together Lavillenie has become France’s most successful pole vaulter: he has increased his personal best from 5.60m to 6.03 indoors and 6.01 outdoors.
This year was one of the duo’s most successful years, with Lavillenie claiming the ‘athletics grand slam’ World Indoor, European and Olympic titled in 2012.
As the focus turned to London, in his first Olympic Games and a nerve breaking Pole Vault final in London, Lavillenie clinched Gold with a third time clearance of 5.97m - a new Olympic Record.

IAAF Elite coach Stanley Madiri, was National Coach in Zimbabwe at the 2004 Athens Olympics, having prepared four athletes for the Games. Now based in the UK and has played a leading role in the development of young sprinting sensations Jodie Williams and Desiree Henry.
Madiri guided Williams to a sprint double at the IAAF World Youth Championships in 2009, and he is now working closely with Mike McFarlane to continue to develop young talent through to the senior ranks. Desiree Henry followed in the footsteps of training partner Williams to win IAAF World Youth Championships in 2011, and she was also given the honour of lighting the Olympic Caldron in London.

Coach to the fastest Paralympian to grace the track, Stephen Maguire has delivered Jason Smyth to both 100m and 200m T13 World records and to Paralympic Golds in London – retaining his titles from Beijing. Maguire took the young visually impaired athlete under his wing after a PE teacher spotted Smyth’s talent, and the pair have been working together ever since.
During the last few years Maguire has been working with athlete Smyth in the United States, working alongside Lance Brauman coach to American 100m record holder Tyson Gay. Following the conclusion on the Paralmypics, Maguire has taken up post as Director of Coaching at scottishathletics.

Since the age of 11 years old, Toni Minichiello has carefully and skilfully guided Jessica Ennis to the Olympic Heptathlon title in London. Sheffield-based Minichiello, who also coaches the rising stars in combined events, has a strong belief in the long-term view in developing a prodigy into a medal winner – the ‘10 years and 10,000 hours’ approach. Delivering Ennis to the Olympic title this summer under the pressures of an expectant home crowd in London is testament to Minichiello’s coaching philosophy.
The journey to Olympic Gold has been a turbulent one for Minichiello and Ennis: the agony of missing the Beijing Olympics due to injury, to the success of claiming the World Heptathlon title in 2009 then to only managing to claim silver in Daegu in 2011. Under the guidance of Minichiello, Ennis shone in London with a World Heptathlon Best in the 100m Hurdles as well as setting new personal bests in the 200m and javelin – edging ever closer to the 7,000 points mark.

Perhaps one of the most famous mothers in sport, Judy Murray is equally well known for her skills as a tennis coach. Mother to tennis stars Jamie and Andy Murray, the latter now an Olympic Champion and a Grand Slam winner, Judy is credited with feeding the flame of talent. She designed different games to work on the boys’ movement and co-ordination even before they could walk, developing and stretching their physical skills.
Judy coached both her sons as juniors, and still remains a professional tennis coach today – currently the captain of the British Fed Cup team. When the boys were young, she opened a part-time coaching career from the modest facilities of Dunblane Tennis Club, where she was a one-woman centre of excellence. Jamie Baker, Elena Baltacha and Colin Fleming all came into her orbit at different times.

A lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Pitsiladis has spent the last ten years at the University of Glasgow trying to find an answer to athletic success in genetics. His research has seen him work with some of Africa’s top athletes and coaches, including Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie, looking at physiologic, genetic, psychosocial and economic determinants to their successes.
In addition to his research work based at the University of Glasgow, Dr. Yannis Pitsiladis is an expert group member for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as well as a member of the Scientific Commission of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS). He is currently working as a group member investigating the molecular basis of connective tissue and muscle injuries in sport for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Scottish Schools’ Athletic Association (SSAA) is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment of athletics in schools, thus enhancing the moral and physical welfare of children. With over 250 member schools, SSAA hopes that by promoting and providing the right environment that hidden talent can be discovered, and visible talent can be encouraged. SSAA coach Sandy Robertson will lead workshops on the Long Term Athlete Development with scottishathletics Head of Development Mark Munro. Sandy Robertson will be joined by Janice Hendrie to lead on Teaching Athletics in Schools.

Dave Sunderland is a highly respected IAAF coach educator and has lectured across Asia, Africa and Europe and has combined his travels with national coaching roles for Great Britain in middle distance and steeplechase events.
Sunderland has coached endurance athletes to World, European and Commonwealth medals. He has recently been working with Lynsey Sharp who he has primed to Olympic selection for Team GB in London this summer. In a successful year, Sharp under Sunderland’s guidance upgraded her 2011 European U23 800m Bronze medallist to Silver at the European Championships in Helsinki this year.

Representing Scotland and the British Lions at Rugby Union, Tony Stanger is now Talent Manager at the sportscotland institute of sport.
After retiring from Rugby Union in 2002, Tony worked as the Assistant Academy Manger in the Leeds Tykes England Rugby Academy with the responsibility to identify and develop talented young rugby players in Yorkshire. In 2004 he joined London Irish Rugby Club as speed and skills coach, a position held until joining the Institute in June 2008. He is an RFU level 4 qualified Rugby Coach. Stanger has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Sports Science and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.