Anglia Ruskin graduate will help prepare elite Paralympic Athletes for London 2012 Olympic Games

Published: 23 November 2010 at 15:37

Hayley Ginn appointed UK Athletics Apprentice Coach for sprints and wheelchair racing

Anglia Ruskin University graduate Hayley Ginn has been appointed as UKA’s Apprentice Coach – Paralympic: Sprints and Wheelchair Racing to help our top athletes to prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Hayley, formerly an England Athletics Coach Development Club and Coach Support Officer and UKA Women’s Coaching Advisory Committee liaison, will be based at UKA’s National Performance Centre at Lee Valley, Edmonton, North London and will work in partnership with her designated Master Coach Peter Eriksson - UKA’s Head Coach for Paralympic performance - and UK wheelchair racing expert Jenny Archer, coach to Paralympic Games multi-medallist David Weir.

She joins an existing team of six Apprentice Coaches who were appointed earlier this year as part of UKA’s long term commitment to the development of a sustainable coaching structure, and will develop and progress athletes across a variety of track based Paralympic events.

Speaking about the appointment, Hayley said:

"I’m over the moon to have been offered this amazing opportunity; not only will I get to learn from Peter Eriksson as my Master Coach, I will also have the opportunity to work with some great coaches including Jenny Archer. This role will enable me to further enhance my skills, and coupled with my passion and enthusiasm for coaching will enable me to continue along the pathway towards becoming a world class coach. I’m really looking forward to being part of such a strong team of Apprentice Coaches."

Master Coach Peter Eriksson said:

"This is only the second position of its kind within the Paralympic movement in the UK and it’s a step in the right direction. The fact that Hayley will be working across Olympic and Paralympic performance is evidence of our commitment to full integration and further establishes us as a world leading country in the sport."

Kevin Tyler, UKA’s Strategic Head of Coaching and Development added:

"We’ve continually reinforced the point that while we must work efficiently through to 2012, it’s increasingly vital that we serve the sport beyond then through the creation of a coaching legacy. Apprentice Coaches will learn the trade from the world class coaches already in our system and will be well placed to step up and deliver post 2012."

Hayley joined Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, as a Sport and Exercise Sciences student in 2003. Having selected her local university as the institution that would best enhance her future prospects, she graduated with 1st class honours in Sports Science in 2006.

Hayley took her coaching qualifications while at Anglia Ruskin and became a level 3 athletics coach. After graduation she worked at Core Cambridge Strength and Conditioning Laboratories continuing her England coaching of elite young sprinters in her spare time. Hayley joins the ever lengthening list of Anglia Ruskin University Sport and Exercise Sciences alumni now practicing their chosen career with professional sports clubs as exercise and health practitioners.

Roy Luckhurst, Programme Leader for the Sport and Exercise Sciences, said:

"Hayley is a keen athlete and has always aspired to becoming a full time coach. Her interest was always how science could help athletes to perform better. For her dissertation she investigated the lateral force during bend running with a view to getting 200m runners round the curved part of the track at a higher speed.

"To be appointed UKA Apprentice Coach-Paralympic for sprints and wheelchair racing is an amazing achievement. The deep scientific understanding of sport Hayley developed at Anglia Ruskin has most certainly given her the edge.  It is most rewarding to see students like Hayley fulfilling her dream."