Scott Simpson

Scott SimpsonOver the last 10 years, Scott has moved from being a competitor at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne to his current position at the Head of Coaching and Performance for Welsh Athletics.  During this time, Scott has juggled the many demands of international competition, professional development, performance coaching and studying for his PhD.

Following the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where Scott held the position as Jumps Coach for Team Wales, he took up the combined position of Development Coach for UKA and National Coach Mentor for England Athletics.  This was before returning to Wales in his current role in September 2012.

The Athlete

In 2001 Scott was UK Under-23 Champion and captain of the Great Britain Under-23 Team.  In 2002 his UK senior ranking was 2nd. He placed 2nd at the UK Olympic trials in both 2004 and 2008, and in 2006 placed 6th in the pole vault final at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.  In 2007 he represented the GB Senior Team.  In 2007, Scott set the Welsh National Indoor Pole Vault record at 5.42m. During this period Scott learned his trade under the tutelage of the following coaches; Tim Snowdon 1993-2003, David Lease 2003-2006, Gareth Lease 2006-2007, Steve Rippon 2007-2008.


In 2003 Scott gained a BSc. 1st Class Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. He is also studied towards his PhD in “the Biomechanics of Triple Jumping” from 2005 - 2007.  Scott has had a number of articles published in the Journal of the Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports 2007 (Department of Sport, Brazil). In 2009 the Journal of Sport Sciences published an article of his on “Movement Co-ordination in Triple Jump Training Drills “

Employment and Coaching

Scott was Director of Athletics at UWIC from 2008 - 2010. During this period he was also the Welsh Athletics National Event Group Lead for Jumps.  In 2010 he assumed the combined role of National Coach Mentor (Pole Vault) for England Athletics and UKA National Development Coach (jumps). He is now the Welsh Athletics Head of Coaching and Performance.

Scott is a UKA level 4 Performance coach.  In 2009 he was Great Britain Pole Vault coach at the European Under-23 Championships in Lithuania and in the same year attended the Berlin World Championships as part of the IAAF World Class Coaches Club.  At the 2010 Commonwealth Games he was the Welsh Athletics Jumps coach and in 2011 was the Jumps Coach for the Great Britain team at the World University Games. He attended the Daegu World Championships in 2011 and the London Olympic Games in 2012 as personal coach to Kate Dennison.  In 2013, he assisted Dan Pfaff in coaching Holly Bleasdale (now Bradshaw) to her Gold medal at the European Indoor Championships.  In 2014, he guided Sally Peake to her Commonwealth Games silver medal in Glasgow and at the same event, coached Paul Walker to his 5th place finish.  In 2015 he was the GB Team Coach at the European Team Championships (where Sally Peake placed 7th) and again at the World Championships in Beijing where he supported Holly Bradshaw to her 7th place finish.  Scott earned his Olympic selection in 2016 as the Team Coach (pole vault) for Team GB. As part of his role with Welsh Athletics, Scott was Head Coach and Team Leader at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

By Gwyn Williams

Athletes Currently Coached

Holly Bradshaw (nee Bleasdale) (2013-present)
PB: 4.87m
European Indoor Championships 2013 (Gold); Olympic Games 2016; World Championships 2015; World Indoor Championships 2014, UK Championships 2016 (Gold), UK Championships 2015 (Gold), UK Championships 2014 (Gold)


Sally Peake (2008-present)
PB: Beginner to 4.42m
Commonwealth Games 2014 (Silver), 2010; World University Games 2011; European Championships 2012, European Team Championships 2015; UK Championships 2016 (Gold and Silver), UK Championships 2015 (Gold), UK Championships 2014 (Gold and Bronze), 2013 (Gold), 2012 (Silver and Bronze)


Jessica Abraham (2008-2011, 2015-present)

PB: 3.70m to 4.02m
Welsh International

Paul Walker (2011-present)

PB: 5.43m to 5.45m

Commonwealth Games 2014; UK Championships 2014 (Silver and Bronze)


Nick Cruchley (2010-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-present)
PB: 5.21m to 5.42m
UK Championship 2011 (Silver); UK U23 Championships 2011 (Gold)


Athletes Previously Coached


Kate Dennison (2010-2012)
PB: 4.60m to 4.61m
World Championships 2011; Olympic Games 2012


Emma Lyons (2005-2010)
PB: 3.35m to 4.31m
European U23 Championships 2009, 2007; Commonwealth Games 2010


Bryony Raine (2005-2014)
PB: 3.20 to 4.16m
Commonwealth Games 2010


Louise Butterworth (2004-2007)

PB: Beginner to 4.15m
European U23 Championships 2007


Athletes Previously Supported


Kirsty Maguire (2009-2010)
PB: 4.15m
Lead Coach: Kevin Maguire


Steve Lewis (2012-2013)
PB: 5.82m
Lead Coach: Dan Pfaff


Welsh Athletics Ltd.
Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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