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blog spot: uka futures programme - jared deacon

Emily Diamond
Emily Diamond - coached by Jared Deacon - finished her season on a high in China

10 October 2011

UKA Futures Programme Coach Jared Deacon is coach to European Under-23 Championships semi finalist Emily Diamond, a regular on the international scene since the 2009 European Junior Championships and most recently a member of the Great Britain team at the World Student Games in China.

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Blog Spot: Jared Deacon

User AvatarPosted by Site Administrator at 17/8/2011 2:55:05 PM

The nature of sport is a rollercoaster of highs and lows. We need to accept and deal with the lows and take the highs when we can get them. Working with Emily Diamond this year has been a ride on that rollercoaster. Finishing off her second year at Loughborough University, Emily had a frustrating time indoors when she hurt her hamstring not long before the Aviva UK Indoor Championships. We worked hard to move on and prepare for the outdoor season but continued to have some troubles with the hamstring.


Thanks to help from UKA physiotherapist Shane Kelly at Loughborough and input from Gerry Ramogida at Lee Valley, Emily got back on track to run a PB in her first 200m of the outdoor season in Geneva wining in 23.41sec. This was thankfully under the qualifying time for the European Under-23 Championships. However, fate decided that attendance at the England Athletics Under-23 Championships was not to be after Emily picked up a minor muscle tear to the back of her knee. Athletes get frustrated and upset at getting injuries, equally we coaches do also, but although we don’t feel the injury in a physical sense, we can get very frustrated too as we try our best to keep the athlete’s spirits up and work around things to maintain fitness and motivation to be ready to go when the all clear is given.


Emily has managed to keep her positivity well and went into the European Under-23 Championships with a real determination which unfortunately wasn’t enough to see her show the form she had displayed in training. The pressure of a race situation possibly came a little too early and Emily didn’t run as well as she is capable of on this occasion. Coupled with a ‘summer cold’ once she got back from Ostrava made the Aviva World Championship Trials a bit of a ‘have a go’ Championships. Emily wanted to stay in competitive mode and not stop racing, which I feel is a good thing when athletes are prepared to keep at it and try and put things right in the race situation. On a weekend when the 200m was hit by the winds Emily made her first senior final.


From there a last minute opportunity came up through Nick Dakin to run in Amsterdam with Emily finished third in the 100m and second in the 200m. Then the strangest few days came around. The World Student Games in China have always been in the plans but with Emily running 6/100ths outside of the qualifying time meant she was now playing the waiting game as one of the reserves. Sitting with bag packed waiting for the possible phone call, Emily got finally the call that she had been selected with 30 minutes or so notice to get in the car, pass the doctors for travel injections and then off to Heathrow to catch a flight to China that evening. It all happened so fast that we now turn our attention to acclimatising to the heat and time change and get ready to have a shot in a World Championships.


Once she’d arrived in China, Emily then found out that her European Under-23 Championships relay team had been elevated to bronze medal position after one of the medal winning team had an athlete disqualified for a doping offence. It’s a strange situation to be in, knowing that it is her first international medal and the excitement is still there, but the chance of being on the podium is now gone.


So an up and down season so far with opportunities still to come, not just in the 200m but with Emily possibly being used in both relays the international baptism of fire in the 4x400m could be interesting!



The UKA Futures Programme underpins the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) and was borne out of the restructure of UKA’s WCPP and the drive towards more targeted support for athletes and their coaches.

The Programme targets young athletes with the potential to deliver global medals for Britain in the future.

Athletes and their coaches will be supported in their individual development plans allowing for more flexibility and individual discretion around distribution of resources. 28 coach-athlete pairs have been included in the 2010/11 Futures Programme.