(PRWEB) September 12, 2014
Great Britain came off the track with a disappointing 2 gold medals at the finish of the athletics occasions at the Beijing Olympics, both of those about the throat of David Weir.
The 33-year-old Weir alone beat which tally inside London nevertheless, whilst the guy dubbed the “Weirwolf”, has been the star of these Games, his fame run has been far from a solo effort.
In all, the Paralympic hosts earned 11 golds, 7 silvers plus 11 bronzes inside athletics. In thus doing, recognition for the wants of Weir has gone from the roof.
Similarly, Jonnie Peacock plus Hannah Cockroft have been adopted into the public conscience with their world-beating performances. And it was impossible to not receive caught up in every the stories, like which of gold medal winner Josie Pearson, whose discus success came following a auto crash that lead to the death of her boyfriend plus left her with a broken throat plus spinal damage.
But Britain’s achievement inside athletics has not come instant. UK Sport funding through the National Lottery was key inside getting the athletics team its 17 medals at the past Games inside Beijing, plus further funding (the Paralympic athletic set-up was provided �6.7million inside the last four-year cycle) has reaped the benefits.
But funds doesn’t constantly purchase achievement plus much of the escalation inside achievement is right down to Peter Eriksson, the head coach of UK Athletics’ Paralympic programme because February 2013.
Like his equivalent for the able-bodied athletes inside the UK – Charles van Commenee – Swedish-born coach Eriksson refuses to suffer fools gladly.
Triple Canadian Olympic gold medallist Jeff Adams talks of fighting with his past coach inside the build-up to the Sydney Games plus disagreeing with almost everything he mentioned.
Adams recalls: “I was incorrect plus, throughout which whole time, I did what he told me just considering I reliable him thus much. I reliable my coach. We need to go all inside plus which trust has to be there 100%.”
Working with Van Commenee, Eriksson has been capable to receive greater plus greater coaches associated inside the programme, including the American Dan Pfaff, that has overseen the progress of Peacock amidst a training group which involves Greg Rutherford, whom earned gold inside the Olympic extended jump event .
Eriksson is a small guy whom, like any wise coach, remains behind the scenes. However the truth is the fact that he is the many effective Paralympics coach inside history, using the wants of Adams plus 14-time gold medallist Chantal Peticlerc before joining the UK set-up.
Experts, including Peticlerc, have been enlisted to coach the young British athletes inside certain, plus Eriksson loves to pass the credit elsewhere.
“UK Sport have provided you revenue to do greater plus you required to reside about which investment,” he mentioned. “It’s gone certainly perfectly plus I think we’ve all upped the game. Our target inside London was to complete top 8 inside the athletics, that meant five to 8 golds plus fortunately we’ve surpassed which.”
Thankfully, for Britain’s up-and-coming athletes, of that Jade Jones, Sally Brown plus Paul Blakeare however, a limited for the future, Eriksson has been speaking regarding Rio de Janeiro as well as the suggestion is the fact that – unlike the departing Van Comenee – he’ll remain submit the post for 2016.
Weir looks unlikely to carry on till Brazil, exiting a big void inside men’s wheelchair racing.
But unlike 4 years ago, the ParalympicsGB athletics squad is not any longer thus reliant about Weir for gold medal achievement plus may look ahead to Rio with expectations of further achievement.