If last year was a surprise, this year was a complete shock! This is a result of a dedicated approach to coaching, putting our athletes at the centre of our efforts, to help them get the most from themselves, whatever their goals and at whatever level they compete. Shaun is picture with host for the evening, ex-England rugby Captain, Phil de Glanville, and guest speaker, adventurer James Kechell.
It was very nice just to be nominated, I went to the awards dinner thinking it would just be good to be in the company of some local athletes and officials, turned out I was short listed, and was honoured to the joint winner with a rugby coach. We received our awards from Kelly Sotherton, former GB heptathlete, very good evening, enjoyed by all.
Thanks to Tamzin Early for a great event, and Sam Pratt for the nomination!
What an amazing experience the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow proved to be. Everything about the Games was superb, the village, the mix of athletes, the venues, the weather (mostly!) but most of all the people of Scotland.
Shaun once again travelled as a team coach for the Guyana cycling team, whilst Claire Fraser-Green represented her country in both the time trial and road race.
The results were not as good as we'd hoped but the team did their best on tough race routes, and in difficult weather. The road race course in particular was totally unsuitable for this type of competition, when the small countries have paid for their riders to travel, and in some cases only ride a single 14km loop. Our team faired much better than that due to their high level of preparation, but it did put a dampner on the Games, quite literally!
A great Games though, we met some of our sporting heroes, made new friends and were sad to leave. Next stop the Gold Coast....................
After a successful trip to Guyana in June for the National Cycling Championships, Claire Fraser took the titles in the road race and time trial.
Claire has given her all over the last 2 years to qualify for London 2012, but the dream wasn't realised this time! She decided not to travel to the world championships in Holland having returned to a busy work schedule, but is focussed on the Caribbean Cycling Championships in Antigua over the weekend of 20th-21st October. Shaun will also travel as a team official for Guyana once again. Good luck to Claire.
Claire had a great championships in Antigua finishing 5th in the Individual TT and 7th in the road race, great results.
Delayed report due to a very busy period over the last month! Claire once again competed for Guyana, this time in Denmark, at the Cycling World Championships. Unfortunately, there were no male or junior riders from Guyana on this trip but Claire flew the flag extremely well in her first World Championships. She rode the TT on 20th Sep but was one of many caught in the changing weather that made parts of the flat course treachorous, particularly the cobbles. Our friend Kathrine Bertine represented St Kitts and Nevis and faired better with an earlier start time so riding mostly in the dry.
The elite women's road race took place on 24th Sep over a 10 lap 140km course. Claire struggled with the fast pace and was pulled out just before the halfway mark but wasn't the first to be lapped out, so a small victory! Kathrine, at her 4th Worlds held on for 7 laps but eventually the pace was too high and she too was lapped out, but on reflection was content with getting further than ever before.