Cathy Breslin – Interview


Cathy Breslin is an athletics coach based in the UK and specialises in coaching the throwing events to under-15 and under-17 boys and girls. Cathy has over 15 years experience of competing as an heptathlete, ranking highly nationally, and has a wealth of experience to pass on to her athletes. Cathy took time out to chat with the FCN and share her story and tell us about her ambitions for her coaching career.



Initially I had no intention of coaching until my children joined an athletics club and I noticed a distinct shortage of helpers.

Yes, I coach both boys and girls U15 and U17, and yes I adapt my style but in more ways than one. All of my group are individuals with differing levels, needs and goals, and I aim to bring out the best in each athlete.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?

Being able to benefit others from my experience and observe their development.

I have struggled to fit into this area (throwing) which is a shame as it is where I feel I would have the greatest impact. I have taken a different direction with my coaching because of this. Club culture needs to embrace female coaches by demonstrating support initially and then throughout the course of our career.