A SENIOR coach from Kidderminster and Stourport has been getting some tops tips on how to help some of the club’s juniors improve from one of Great Britain’s best sprint prospects.
Andrew Priest went down to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in North London to chat with coach Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo, who is currently guiding 100m runner and hotly-tipped star of the future Chijindu Ujah.
Ujah, 20, became only the fifth British athlete to go under ten seconds when he ran 9.96 seconds in a tournament in Holland.
Among the athletes Priest currently trains, is relative newcomer to the sport Ed Fussi, 18.
Last year was the Kidderminster College student’s first full season of athletics, in which he became both the AAA’s and Schools County 100m and 200m champion.
He also represented Worcestershire at the prestigious English Schools Athletics Championships.
Fussi clocked a very respectable 11.1 seconds over the 100m in 2013 and is hoping to break the golden 11 second barrier soon.
Priest, who is also a former junior County sprint champion, has been a member of KSAC since the early 1970s and a coach for nearly 30 years.
“Ed is among a group of young athletes within the club who have real future international potential,” said Priest.
“Every sport needs its heroes and role models to engage youngsters and British sprinting is in rude health.
“With the likes of sub-10s guys like James Dasaolu and sub-20s 200m sprinter Adam Gemili, and current World Indoor 60m Champion Richard Kilty, Britain is well-placed to rub shoulders with runners from Jamaica, the USA and the rest of the world.”
He added: “All sports these days require dedicated training and I want to give my athletes the best possible advice, that’s why I’m prepared to travel the country in search of ideas and tips to improve my sprinters.”
The club trains at Stourport Sports Club, which is just off the Kingsway in Stourport, and they meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6pm to 7.30pm.
It has a number of well-qualified coaches across jumps, throws, sprints and long distance running and welcomes all from nine-years-old to over-90.