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Toni Minichiello on the Russian Doping Problem.

Today, the already toxic situation in relation to doping in Russia took a turn for the worse with the publishing of WADAs report. Toni has taken the unusual step of going into writing.  Here is his response: “Question: Who are the real victims here? Answer: Athletes. Question: Why do people dope? Answer: Medals "I believe [...]

Tuesday 19 July 2016 10:45 BST|

Gotta be in it to win it.

Last night I finally managed to sit down and watch 'Jessica Ennis-Hill: A Coach's Story' (It's available on BBC i-player in case you're wondering). Although I was confident, from conversations with Sarah Cook the shows' Director, that it would be good I wasn't sure how accurately it would portray the life of Toni and the team. [...]

Sunday 17 July 2016 20:32 BST|

Eyes to the Stars, Feet on the Ground

The last couple of days have been a bit of a media blur for Toni. The broadcast of Jessica Ennis-Hill: A Coach’s Story on BBC has dragged him from lurking in the shadows and thrust him, at least temporarily, into the limelight. I’m pretty sure he’s enjoying it. I’ll be reviewing the programme tomorrow. If [...]

Saturday 16 July 2016 18:36 BST|

Young Man, There’s A Place You Can Go

There is a time for everything. A time to workout, a time to rest and a time to dance. Today Toni has decided to extend the concept of multi events into a whole other world. Maybe it's the pressure of the Olympics being just a few weeks away, maybe it's the excessive walking demanded by his new [...]

Friday 15 July 2016 18:07 BST|

Toni on Resting, Golf and Combatting Boredom

  Toni Modelling his Coach to Rio Polo After spending the entire day with Toni yesterday I resolved to give him a few hours respite from my constant questioning before calling to see how his rest day was going. Anyone who has read this blog over the last few weeks will know the answer to [...]

Thursday 14 July 2016 19:34 BST|

Run, Jump, Throw. Repeat.

Yesterday I spoke to Toni about performance environments, what they are and what defines them. The answer may disappoint some but central to excellence is repetition. Good old-fashioned practice. Practice that is reviewed, deconstructed, analysed and then used to fine-tune the next practice. Not quite so old fashioned then. However, to the untrained eye (read [...]

Monday 11 July 2016 17:37 BST|

Sunday Sports Day

Jess and Nikita Take to the Track We’re at that time of year when sport in the UK (and not just football) seems to be everywhere; Wimbledon, Cricket, the Tour de France, Euro 2016 and the European Athletics Championships. Not forgetting the looming spectre of the quadrennial sporting colossus, the Olympics. People who wouldn’t normally [...]

Sunday 10 July 2016 14:18 BST|

From Hexham to Humaitá

Several people have been asking Toni whether or not Jess can double up at the Olympics to compete in the hurdles as well as the Heptathlon. I put the question to him, “Bottom line is that it’s a matter of timing. The Heptathlon eight hundred metres is at eleven fifteen in the evening. That means [...]

Saturday 09 July 2016 18:58 BST|

Writers Block. With a Shot Put

Toni has been threatening me for some time. Not with a law-suit (he’s got a degree in the subject), or physical violence (he’s much bigger than me) but with coaching. I’ve always felt that watching, taking the occasional photo, asking questions and writing about it all was more than enough. Evidently not. Toni wants to [...]

Thursday 07 July 2016 18:23 BST|

Jessica Ennis-Spielberg-Hill

Jess and John are back in action together again. This time John is working on Short Corners and Free Kicks in relation to the pole vault. Jess is working on her camera skills. See what you think: Jess filming John pole vault I ask Toni to explain, “It’s been all about rhythm and [...]

Tuesday 05 July 2016 17:16 BST|
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