With Coaching Week well underway, Commonwealth Games 1,500m bronze medalist Melissa Courtney recently spoke with Athletics Weekly about the importance of having a coach and the role her coach (Rob Denmark) plays in guiding her towards successful performances.
"My coach is important to me as without his knowledge, experience and understanding of me as an athlete I wouldn’t have the same structure to my programme which has helped see big improvements in my performance.
“When Rob first started coaching me I fully adopted his programme and it was a learning curve for us both as we learnt so much about me as an athlete, often through trial and error until we found the best approach for me. This year I’ve seen so many improvements in all aspects of training and racing
“He’s taught me to be confident in my ability when I’m racing and I know when I’m on that start line I have complete trust that he’s prepared me in the best way possible.”
Read the full 'Why my coach is key' article from Athletics Weekly here
Welsh Athletics are proud to be supporting Coaching Week, and we're keen to hear your stories of how coaching has helped you in athletics by using the #GreatCoaching hashtag via your own social media channels.
We're calling on you to recognise your coach with UK Coaching's certificate of Great Coaching, which you can download here