Athletics coach Kelly Bramhald says gold medal shine will rub off on future stars

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Kelly Bramhald

ATHLETICS coach Kelly Bramhald believes the young athletes on a Commonwealth Games programme called Team England Futures will be inspired by meeting Olympic medallist Sarah Winckless writes Alec McQuarrie.

The Doncaster coach, specialising in sports massage and javelin coaching, met Winckless on at an ‘Immersion Camp’ event in Loughborough over the weekend.

The Team England Futures programme will see over 1,000 talented young athletes and aspiring support staff given the opportunity to attend the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, watch live sporting action and take a first-hand look behind-the-scenes.

The programme seeks to better prepare athletes to deliver medal-winning performances as either Team England, Team GB or ParalympicsGB debutants at future Games, while also giving support staff a first-hand look at the opportunities they could be presented with, as well as challenges they may face, at a multi-sport competition.

And the 28-year-old thought having double world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Winckless there as an ambassador to share her experiences as an elite rower was fantastic for the next generation of stars.

“Someone like Sarah, she’s just so genuine and lovely. Seeing her journey, she was a kid just like them with dreams and aspirations and it just shows that anyone can go on their own journey to their dream with the right hard work and determination,” said Bramhald, speaking at a Team England Futures Immersion Camp in Loughborough, where athletes and support staff had the chance to meet each other, visit Kitting Out and experience workshop sessions on topics such as working with the media, mental wellbeing and anti-doping.

Bramhald, a physiotherapy student at the University of Leicester, also had the opportunity to network, undergo media training as well as see the process behind producing the Team England kit.

“It’s an absolute honour to be involved with the Team England Futures programme,” added Bramhald. “I mean, just wearing this kit feels brilliant.

“It’s great to be nominated for a day like today and I’m looking forward to the Games in a few weeks’ time.

“I’m really looking forward to casting my net wide and looking at how the coaches and athletes are interacting, see the facilities. I’m hoping to talk to some of the physios and therapy teams as well.

“I’ve never had any media training before, so it was great to understand what’s behind the scenes. Then the process of kitting out, I never knew how much hard work has gone into the logo and all the team kit.”

Commonwealth Games England has appointed SportsAid to lead on the development, management and operational delivery of Team England Futures at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. You can find out more about the programme by visiting https://www.sportsaid.org.uk/partnerships/team-england-futures/.

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