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20 November 2013


Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassadors Dai Greene and Adam Gemili have taken time out of preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games to share their training strategies with the Academy’s Rising Stars, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

During an exclusive ‘Question and Answer’ session for the Academy’s Rising Stars, the pair set out their plans for next year as they prepare to compete in the European Championships, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Academy Patron Dame Kelly Holmes joined the event and the senior athletes passed on advice on numerous topics, including dealing with injury and specific high performance training strategies.

2012 Olympian Adam Gemili, said: “If top level athletics was easy, everyone would be in competition. Commitment will be key to success.”

2012 Olympian and former World Champion Dai Greene said: “Perseverance is the secret to success. Athletes with unrelenting focus will get better year-on-year. It is important to focus on the end result.”

Dame Kelly Holmes, Jaguar Academy of Sport Patron, said: “Pure hard work made me a double Olympic Gold medal winner. One cannot rely on talent alone.”

The Rising Stars took part in a self massage session where Dai, Adam and Dame Kelly were on hand to explain the importance of the techniques in injury prevention. Additional workshops focused on the psychological aspects of coping with injury as well as the importance of core stability in preventing and overcoming injury, which were all led by experts in their field including Jessica Ennis-Hill’s personal physiotherapist Alison Rose and sports massage therapist Lesley Bryant.

Dai Greene said: “The Jaguar Academy of Sport is a fantastic initiative and one I really enjoy being a part of. The Talent Days provide the Rising Stars with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from some great athletes who have all been in their shoes, the advice from experts across the Mentoring and Education Programme will make a massive difference to their long term development.”

Adam Gemili said: “I’m really excited to be joining the Jaguar Academy of Sport. It’s an initiative I really believe in and one that is helping shape our young athletes. The workshops today have been excellent and I’m glad to share my advice with the Rising Stars. Not many people know this but in 2012, I spent five months injured and had to have surgery so I was glad to pass on my advice on the best ways to cope.”

Dame Kelly Holmes said: “We are a very well placed team to discuss methods of coping with injury with young British athletes. Myself, Adam and Dai have had our fair share of injuries and gone onto great success so we just want to show the Academy’s Rising Stars that an injury isn’t the end of a sporting career. The mentors and tutors we’ve had at the EIS supporting the Rising Stars really are experts in their field and I’m sure they have gained a lot from the sessions.”

Dai and Adam were captured on camera discussing their top training tips. The resulting film will soon feature on the new Jaguar Academy of Sport website within the coaching zone section.