It’s been a while.


As the title suggests it has indeed. Last update was In January about Emily’s invitation by British Athletics Paralympic Development Academy for her throws. A lot has changed since then as we all know.
Emily’s indoor season like everyone else’s concluded rather abruptly because of the Coronavirus epidemic currently sweeping the globe. Basically everything has stopped .Since the end of February and the beginning of March all athletics activities has been postponed or cancelled well into June at present.
As we came towards the end of the indoor season we normally sit down with Emily’s coaches Janice Kaufman and Richard Kaufman to discuss the coming outdoor season for Emily. It had already been decided that Emily’s sprints competitions would be gradually phased out to make way for Emily’s Paralympic Pathway in the future. This means the discus with back up of the shot put. Emily would be doing the very occasional 60m indoors and the same outdoors in the 100m just for the purpose of speed work. We had looked at the forthcoming outdoor events we should target , like the Parallel Success Super series over the course of the season as well as some of the bigger national competitions. All that is up in the air now with all competitions suspended officially until 31 May. It’ll probably be extended beyond that but nobody knows as yet.

So what has Emily been doing since early March?  Emily’s last coach accompanied training session was on March 4 at the Indoor Academy. Emily and her training partners Anna and Katy along with her coach were the only people in there that night. A very strange night. We didn’t know how or where we would be allowed to train. All training facilities were closed with immediate effect. 2020 was an Olympic / Paralympic  year. It was meant to be a big push to see how far we could go. The Olympic/ Paralympics has now been postponed until 2021 now.

Rather than just sit back and relax we have to keep going. Which meant train when a where we could. Luckily for us we have a park and playing field across the road from us. Emily could continue to do training on the field. Shot put and discus isn’t a problem as Emily has her own equipment. So Richard kindly supplied us with a training program for sprints and throws as well as some basic s&c  sessions that we can add to as we went along. We’ve been doing this for about three weeks now and Emily is coming along very nicely indeed. Very committed and the usual hard work will hopefully keep Emily in good stead for when we are allowed to start training at Gateshead again.
We would like to place on record the thanks to Janice and Richard Kaufman for their advice during this time. Without their advice I as Emily’s dad wouldn’t  have a clue what to do so thank you once again.
Hopefully the next update won’t be too long so please keep checking in to Emily’s site. Cheers .