Throwing coach set for hectic Paralympics
17 July 2012
Coach Jim Edwards will have his hands full at the Paralympics next month because all five of his Loughborough University-based throwers will be competing.
And he will be based just outside the Olympic Village as all his charges, Dan Greaves (F44 discus), Dan West (F34 shot putt), Kieran Tscherniawsky (F33 discus), Jonathan Adams (F34 shot putt), and Claire Williams (F12 discus), take on the world’s best.
Jim was delighted they all made the Team GB squad, especially 19-year-old Jonathan, his newest recruit, who is from Great Cornard in Suffolk.
Jim, who works at Loughborough College and trains with his athletes at the university, said: “It’s great news. I was a bit borderline with Jonathan because he is a new athlete, but he has done well and worked really hard.
“He moved to Loughborough and has done a year at the College in media studies and transfers to the university later this year.
“He got a place at St Mary’s in London but elected to come here and train with me. For him it’s a bonus, Rio (2016) was his real goal.
“The group works as a team so to get five of them in the squad is fantastic.
“I have been lucky enough to be asked to go as a personal coach, only four personal coaches have been asked.
“I was a member of the team for Athens and Beijing. I won’t be with the athletes in the Village, I’ll be just outside in an apartment in London, and I’m going to the training camp in Portgual.”
While Jonathan is going the Games, which start on August 29, for the experience, Jim is hopeful the others will be challenging for medals.
Dan Greaves has the full set, gold, silver and bronze already, Dan West has a silver and two bronze, Clare was fifth at both Athens and Beijing, and 20-year-old Kieran finished seventh at last year’s world championships.
Jim said: “Jonathan is not there necessarily for a medal, his main goal was to get there. His next thing is to progress.
“The other four are in with a chance. Dan Greaves is there or there abouts for gold. We have won gold once before and we would like to win it again.
“That’s the ultimate aim and what we are pushing for. Danny West will get a medal, or he should do if everything goes right. He is pushing for gold as well.
“He has been very close to gold on a couple of occasions. He’s got a couple of silvers and we want gold this time. The gold makes a lot of difference.
“Clare is capable of getting a medal and she has got enough in her to win a gold medal if she gets it right on the day.
“She tends to analyse it too much, and if she went out there and just threw she could probably win it.
“Kieran is not nailed on for a medal but he is in good shape.
“He is a new athlete. He has only been with me a couple of years and he has come a long way in that time. He is still a young boy but he has got a lot of potential.”