History has been made once more as GB & NI head to Eugene for the World Athletics Championships, with the inclusion of two female team coaches and an increase of athletes coached by women.
Since the publication of our research paper in partnership with Leeds Beckett University “Achieving Gender Equity in High Performance Athletics Coaching in the U.K.” we have been working closely with UKA to support an increase of female high performance coaches and the opportunities all coaches are given.
Before this year, there had never been a female coach on an outdoor GB & NI Senior World or Olympic Team – and for this years World Championships, there are two.
Coach Laura Turner-Alleyne joins 4 other coaches on the Sprints and relays team, whilst Alison Wyeth joins 3 others on the Endurance team.
Both Laura and Alison bring the percentage of female team coaches to 15% – at the last World Championships in Doha in 2019, the percentage was 0%.
As well as the two female team coaches, there are a number of athletes on this years team with female coaches, bringing the percentage of athletes on the GB & NI team coached by women to 9%. In Doha, that percentage was 7%.
Congratulations to the following coaches:
Marina Armstrong – Jessie Knight: (400m H & 4 x 400m) and Chris McAlister (400m H)
Christine Ohuruogu – Victoria Ohuruogu: 400m & 4 x 400m
Liz McColgan – Eilish McColgan: 5000m & 10,000m
Amy Deem – Asha Phillip: 4 x 100m
Helen Patricia James – Jeremiah Azu: 4 x 100m
Jade Surman – Laura Zialor: High Jump