Partnership to see WAC aid in the preparation of Welsh track and field athletes and coaches ahead of Glasgow 2014
Welsh Athletics has announced a one-year partnership with the World Athletics Center (WAC) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Home to athletes including Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world record holder Aries Merritt and British pole vault record holder Steve Lewis, the WAC is a world-leading training centre and will aid in the preparation of Welsh track and field athletes and coaches ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The partnership, beginning in November, will see WAC coaches travel to Wales to deliver coach development workshops and athlete development clinics and, in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games, Welsh Athletics will send groups of athletes and coaches to the main WAC base in Phoenix for extended training camps at various points throughout the training year.
“On behalf of everyone at Welsh Athletics, I can only say how truly delighted we are to be embarking on such an innovative and novel partnership with World Athletics Center,” commented Scott Simpson, national performance coach at Welsh Athletics (pictured).
“This enterprise will offer Welsh coaches and athletes access to some of the best Track and Field minds in the world.
“Our objective at Welsh Athletics is ‘preparing coaches and athletes to represent Wales and win Commonwealth Games medals’ – and this latest step couldn’t be more aligned with supporting this philosophy. I am certain that the environment created by the world-leading coaches and athletes based at the World Athletics Center will provide the perfect setting for the further development of Wales’ best coaches and athletes.”
Welsh Athletics also revealed how no team selection announcements are due to be made prior to the one main announcement at the beginning of June next year.