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Undercover Karla

A few people have been asking for a bit more input from the team. As luck would have it the worm has turned. Rare footage of Toni working out, as opposed to overseeing others working out, has emerged. The undercover filming operative was none other than Karla Drew who managed to secretly capture the big [...]

Monday 20 June 2016 17:55 BST|

Land of my Fathers

The focus of this weekends’ competition is the Bedford National under 20 and under 23 Championships. I had a brief chat to Toni last night as he was attempting to navigate his way to his hotel. “I don’t really know much about Bedford. I don’t want to upset any Bedford residents but it’s a bit [...]

Sunday 19 June 2016 19:45 BST|

Stretch, Spring, Sketch

The challenges of drugs cheats, irresponsible organisations and our attempts to explain PPPB  has meant that there have been limited training updates this week. This means you’ve missed out on one or two of gems that regularly pop out of Toni’s mouth. Time to set the record straight. First, his appraisal of the humble roller, [...]

Saturday 18 June 2016 15:21 BST|

When Doing Nothing is Doing Something

Toni is on one of his ‘rest days’ and I’m back at my desk. We’re talking about Tuesday’s blog. He’s reflecting on the treatment of athletes and the means to help them fulfil their potential, “When I talk about lowering the bar to jump higher it needs to be understood in context. The point is [...]

Thursday 16 June 2016 18:02 BST|

An Unexpected Visitor

I’ve already written about days when Toni and the Team can’t access the track because people (The University) fail to communicate their plans. Some days however, you get to the training centre and somebody is using the sand pit without even asking. Toni’s reputation for being bluff and blunt is one he earned from years [...]

Wednesday 15 June 2016 18:36 BST|

Brad Pitt, British Athletics and Toni Minichiello

I’ll come clean. The Brad Pitt reference was just designed to grab your attention. Although the thought of Toni playing Billy Bean, in a re-make Moneyball, is an intriguing notion it probably won’t make it past the pitch stage in Hollywood. Toni’s back at the EIS and is finally happy to reveal his thoughts on [...]

Tuesday 14 June 2016 18:33 BST|

PPPB™. It’s a Thing.

I know I’m meant to be writing about British Athletics and Moneyball (or anti-Moneyball) today but that’ll have to wait for later. Three reasons; Firstly Toni’s ‘one hour’ trip to our meeting in Loughborough took nearly as long as his trip back from Prague. Four hours to drive fifty miles. At that rate Jess and [...]

Monday 13 June 2016 19:46 BST|

Introducing The PPPB

First, a recap on yesterday. After John’s enforced withdrawal from the event in the Czech Republic and Toni’s dash back to the UK to pick up with the team in Manchester for todays’ meeting at Sports City there hasn’t been a lot of time for reflection. However, Toni is able to reel off a list [...]

Sunday 12 June 2016 19:49 BST|

Sharing the Love

Toni has found that his fame precedes him. The receptionist at the hotel was very excited at his arrival, immediately requesting that he sign a birthday card for her boyfriend. Toni, being the accommodating sort, not only added a message but posed for a photo, “It got even better when Diana...” “Diana?” “The receptionist, put [...]

Friday 10 June 2016 19:52 BST|

Trains, Planes, Automobiles and a Lift

Here’s Toni’s itinerary for the next few days: Thursday a.m - Training Thursday p.m. - fly from Manchester to Prague for IAAF World Combined Events meeting in Kladno, Czech Republic Friday - Day One Decathlon Saturday - Day Two Decathlon Saturday late pm - fly from Prague to Manchester. Drive home to Sheffield Sunday a.m. - [...]

Thursday 09 June 2016 19:01 BST|
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