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Women’s Coaching Conference 2013

Succeed, Share, Celebrate

Date: Friday 27th September 2013

The 2013 Women’s Coaching Conference is hosted by British Athletics in partnership with the Women In Coaching Advisory Group will take place on Saturday 19th October in Birmingham. All delegates that attend the conference will receive a ticket to the England Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner.

Women's Coaching Conference 2013

This year’s Women’s Coaching Conference will be an extremely enjoyable opportunity for female coaches as we have a wonderful blend of inspiring speakers, specific coaching workshops and an evening of celebration at the England Athletics Hall of Fame. The day will allow coaches to be inspired, top up their coaching knowledge, network and discuss their learning as they enjoy dinner and then celebrate with some of the Stars of our Sport being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Each delegate will receive a free ticket to the England Athletics Hall of Fame dinner dance with their registration making the event a fulfilling opportunity to learn, build new friendships and dance the night away all in the luxury setting of the Hilton Metropole. We have an excellent line up of female speakers from a wide variety of sport, educational and coaching backgrounds who will definitely help to build our coaching knowledge and confidence.


The cost of the conference is £30.00 per person. This fee includes;

- Full days conferernce
- Conference pack
- Refreshments
- Buffet Lunch
- Ticket to the Hall of Fame (Normally priced £50)

Please note the cost remains the same if you choose to not attend the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame dress code: Evening Wear


Katharine Merry

Katharine Merry

Katharine is one of Britain’s most outstanding female athletes of all time. Having been the fastest girl in the world aged 14 she then, 12 years later, became the fastest woman in world over 400m. She achieved an unprecedented 9 AAA’s age group titles over 100m and 200m, as well as winning 4 English Schools titles, including the pentathlon. She set a World Age record aged 12 of 25.4secs over 200m in 1987 and made her GB under 20 debut at the astonishingly young age of 13 years old, going on to a record 6 years as a GB junior International. Aged just 14 she ran a stunning 7.35secs indoors for the 60m, becoming the fastest girl in the world ever over the distance. Still today she holds UK age records in a variety of events including the pentathlon and hurdles.
Katharine came into the 2000 season with one sole objective, The Olympics. With a 112,000 capacity crowd in Sydney Kath ran a fantastic race finishing third and collected the Bronze medal. Not only did she become and Olympic medalist but she broke the magical 50sec barrier for the first time.
Katharine has always been in demand off the track and now has an extremely well established media career. Television appearances include BBC’s “A Question of Sport”, “They Think It’s All Over” and “Superstars” to name a few. She is a Sports Pundit for BBC TV and Radio, Eurosport and Sky TV, as well as a key part of the BBC Major Championship coverage team across all sports including Athletics, Triathlon and Modern Pentathlon. Kath has worked on 2 Commonwealth Games, 2 World Championships, European Championships and Olympic Games. She is also the infield presenter at all GB televised Track and Field events.

Marina Armstrong

Marina Armstrong

Growing up in the USSR Marina was included on the Russian Federation National Squad 1977 – 1983 and USSR Training Squad 1983 – 1984 and so was a successful High Performance athlete in her own right. She began coaching in Moscow in 1986 after having achieved a Masters in Athletics. She has since relocated to the UK where she has continued her coaching career and re-educated on the UKA Coaching System, now holding a UKA Level 3 Sprints and Hurdles Qualification. She has been coaching regularly in the UK since 2005 at Epsom & Ewell Harriers and in this time has developed a strong group of hurdlers who have amassed a large number of English Schools and English Championships medals as well as International representative honours. Most notably this year she coached two of her athletes to Great Britain selection for the European Junior Championships. Jacob Paul whom she has been coaching since 2007 has won a silver medal at the European Youth Olympics in 2011 as well as many National titles and this year brought home a bronze medal in the men’s 400mh from the European Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy. Shona Richards whom Marina has coached since 2008 has dominated her age-group in the 300/400m hurdles nationally and this year cemented her talent with a 5th place finish in the final at the European Junior Championship with a personal best time of 58.33s at the age of just 17.
Marina is as committed to her development as coach as she it to her athletes and has been a member of the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme since 2010 and was one of the first Female Coaches to be included on the first UKA Female Coach Legacy Programme 2012/2013.

Jenni Banks

Jenni Banks

Jenni is currently British Athletics Wheelchair Racing Coach. She has been appointed as part of the British Athletics UKA performance team that will take athletics through to Rio 2016 and the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
Australian Banks is widely regarded as one of the most successful Paralympic coaches in the world. She worked for the Australian Paralympic Committee for eight years as Director of Sport and High Performance Manager, including during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Previously a coach to four world number one wheelchair athletes including Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, Banks has coached athletes to a total of 42 Paralympic, Olympic and World Championship medals, as well as 40 world records.

Jo Jennings

Jo Jennings

Jo’s as British Athletics Development Manager spends the majority of her time managing the Futures Programme, BA’s support programme for athletes and their coaches who are identified as two years from selection for the World Class Performance Programme. These athletes are typically under twenty and on the verge of becoming World Class talent.
On top of this Jo manages BA’s nominations to SportsAid and is the main point of contact for all funding bodies and opportunities. Her role also branches into Performance Management of World Class Potential and Paralympic Potential athletes and so she plays a key role in supporting our talented athletes on their road to success.
Jo’s skills also branch into Team support and this year she was Team Manager for the GB European Junior team in Rieti, Italy.
On top of this Jo is a former British International High Jumper and competed at two Olympics, is a Commonwealth Silver medallist and is a former UK Junior Record holder.

Julie Hollman

Julie Hollman

After an extremely successful athletics career as a heptathlete competing at every major Championship from 2002 and culminating at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Julie decided coaching combined events was her future and threw herself into the pursuit of assisting other to achieve as she did.
Julie now a Level 3 Combined events coach established herself early on assisting Louise Hazel to score over 6000 points for the first time and achieve World Championships selection in Berlin 2009 where she placed 14th. In 2010 she coached Grace Clements to a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The following year she began an Apprentice Coach role at UKA where she worked with Dan Pfaff as her Master Coach at Lee Valley in the run up to the London Olympics and since secured a full time Assistant Coach role at Loughborough where she is currently based and works with a group of athletes including Dominique Blaize who jumped 6.54in 2013 and won the bronze medal at this year’s Sainsbury British Championships. At Loughborough she has the opportunity to work alongside other coaches and continues to learn and develop her coaching skills.

Leah Dunthorne

Leah Dunthorne

Leah Dunthorne has worked as Strength and Conditioning coach to Olympic, Paralympic and International athletes for over thirteen years and through two successful Olympic cycles. Leah’s coaching career has included time at the English, Welsh and Australian Institutes of Sport. Leah has worked with GB Rowing, GB Hockey and England Netball in this time and in Premiership Rugby, with Leicester Tigers and Saracens RFC. She also works as Strength & Conditioning consultant for British Athletics which has included working with double Olympic 800m athlete Marilyn Okoro as well as a group of Paralympic athletes who achieved three silver and one bronze medal at the London 2012 Games.
As a rehabilitation specialist, Leah spent several years working at one of London’s leading Sports Medicine clinics. Leah currently splits her time between Bisham Abbey national Sports Centre, Lee Valley Athletics Centre and her own London based private coaching consultancy. As part of a multidisciplinary team at the EIS, Leah provides S&C support to England Hockey, members of the England women’s Football and GB women’s Wheelchair Basketball squads and a number of senior and junior GB Track and Field athletes.
Leah’s passion, enthusiasm and dedication to her profession is evident not only in the success of the athletes she works with but also in her ongoing desire to educate, support and inspire coaches and athletes to a better understanding of how to prevent and manage injury allowing them to fulfil their potential.

Mhairi Keil

Mhairi Keil

BSc (Hons), MSc, PG Dip Sp Nut, M.Phil, RNutr
Mhairi has been supporting a variety of Olympic, Paralympic, and non-Olympic sports teams and individuals since 2006, through a combination of consultancy-based work and her employment with the English Institute of Sport.
Mhairi is currently the lead nutritionist for British Gymnastics, whereby she has supported the men's and women's artistic gymnasts in the years building up to, and throughout their London 2012 Olympic Games. In
addition to her work with the English National Ballet School and company, and the Royal Ballet School, Mhairi is a Consultant Nutritionist to Kelly Holmes Education, working on Dame Kelly’s numerous sporting education programmes, including the hugely
successful ‘On Camp with Kelly’ programme. Mhairi has provided educational workshops to parents, coaches and support staff, regarding the role of nutrition in middle distance running and the implications of disordered eating and eating disorders in both male and female athletes. In addition, Mhairi works closely with individual athletes to optimise training, performance and body composition, without compromising energy and nutrient intake.


Arrival Tea and Coffee 09:30 - 10:00

Elaine Grant - Womens Coaching Advisory Group Chair

Peter Stanley - Head of Coaching and Development

10:00 - 10:15
Keynote 1 Katharine Merry - Female Success 10:15 - 11:15
Breakout 1

A) Marina Armstrong - Junior Success

B) Jenni Banks - Para Success

11:30 - 12:30
Lunch 12:30 - 13:15
Key Note 2 Jo Jennings - Futures Programme 13:30 - 14:00
Breakout 2

C) Julie Hollman - Plyometrics for all Event Groups

D) Leah Dunthorne - Optimising warm up to enhance performance and reduce injury

14:15 - 15:15
Coffee 15:15 - 15:30
Keynote 3 Mhairi Keil - Optimising training, performance and body composition without compromising energy & nutrient uptake 15:30 - 16:30
Close Elaine Grant 16:30
Hall Of Fame 18:30 - Late

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Venue details

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel:

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

The Hilton Metropole Hotel is situated just minutes away from Birmingham International Airport & Train station.

By Plane:
All hotel guests travelling from Birmingham Airport should use the free telephone at the airport meeting point (signposted with the Hilton logo) then take the mono rail to Birmingham International rail station where the shuttle bus will be able to collect passengers. The journey takes approximately five minutes and our courtesy bus runs every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day.

By Train:
Courtesy Bus
From Birmingham International railway station, guests may use the free telephone to arrange a collection to the hotel, by courtesy bus. The journey to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel takes approximately 5 minutes. The 24-hour service runs at 30-minute intervals.

By Car:
From Birmingham International Airport, bear right onto Concorde Road, turn right onto Vanguard Road and then bear left onto Airport Way. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit then merge onto Coventry Road A45 (signposted M42, M6, M1, M40, M5, Coventry). Branch left (signposted M42, M6, M1, M40, M5, NEC), then at the roundabout take the first exit onto Pendigo Way (signposted NEC). At the roundabout take the first exit into the car park of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel.

Staying at the Hilton during the Conference

Hilton Metropole Accommodation

British Athletics have negotiated special rates for conferences attendees wishing to stay at the Hilton Metropole Hotel (same venue as the conference).

• Single rooms are £103.00 +VAT for bed and breakfast.
• Twin rooms are £113 +VAT for bed and breakfast.

To book accommodation please click here or telephone - 0121 780 4242 and follow the instructions for reservations.  Quote Reference code GFSAW.
Please note that this offer is only valid until 21 days prior to the conference.

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To book your place at the conference online using the following link. You will need your coaching licence number to login.

Registration closes on the 23rd September 2013. Please note limited spaces available.

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