Got volunteered by my daughter Rachel when she was an U11 and she’s now an U23!!
I started helping out with U11s and then began coaching hurdles when she moved to U13s as I’d been a hurdler myself a very long time ago.
My first coach and his wife (who were also next door neighbours) devoted so much of their time to athletics – he was a coach and starter and Mrs D, as she was known, provided admin and results for Scottish Athletics events and leagues until her 90th birthday in 2014, when she decided it was time to retire. They gave so much to the athletes at Maryhill Ladies (now VP Glasgow) that it seemed natural to become involved as they had as two of my children loved it so much.
For me the best part of coaching is watching the athletes develop and achieve things they think they can’t do!! The look on their faces when they master a drill or technical part of an event to when they medal or set a PB – it’s all worth it.
I’m not sure I can single out one single moment as my two squads have given me so many moments to be proud of but I would say, for me one of the most impressive memories was a team effort, the first time we took athletes to Gothenburg in 2017. The athletes, as a team, rose to the occasion, supported each other, had lots of laughs, produced medals and PBs galore and enjoyed it so much they all looked to repeat the experience two years later in 2019!!