THE BTCB Sport Taekwondo UK Ltd, the high performance business arm of the sport in Britain, today announced the appointment of three high performance coaching staff to work with their elite academy athletes to help them prepare for London 2012.
The appointments are aimed at ensuring the long term success at both next year’s Olympic Games in Beijingand London 2012.
Nelson Miller has been recruited as senior high performance coach and will draw on the support of Paul Green and Stephen Jennings who are both brought on board as high performance coaches. They help compensate for the loss of John Wright Diaz, the coach, and Humberto Inguanzo, the technical manager, who resigned in February to return home to Spain and Cuba respectively.
This announcement comes at an exciting time for British Taekwondo on the back of the team’s recent move to Manchester’s Sportcity from their previous base in Loughborough.
Miller, a 41-year-old originally from Cuba, brings a multitude of coaching experiences to the British outfit and comes from the Dutch national team, which he has coached since 2004.
Miller was instrumental in the Dutch team which won the 2006 European Championships and was himself a World bronze medallist for Cuba in 1997.
Green, a 27- year-old from Manchester, is a hugely experienced taekwondo player who competed for Britain at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Green has a host of impressive achievements to his name including European Junior Champion, two-time senior European Champion and World silver medallist in 2003.
Jennings, a 26-year-old from Liverpool, will combine his role as a player with coaching the elite academy athletes and will bring the experience of a number of national championship victories to the coaching staff.
These two latter appointments are a firm signal of British Taekwondo’s commitment to developing the next generation of elite coaches.
Adrian Tranter, chairman of the British Taekwondo Control Board, said: “The appointments of Nelson, Paul and Stephen is a measure of the credibility of our plans and the total commitment we have to deliver on our promises.
"Our Great BritainTeam deserves the best support we can find and I believe we have secured the best coaching talent available.
"The achievements of the team in recent months have been outstanding and we believe this success will continue as the team grows.”
Gary Hall, performance director for the BTCB Sport Taekwondo UK Ltd who oversaw the appointments with UK Sport, said: “The recruitment of Nelson Miller is a major boost for the players who are already admirers of his achievements with the Dutch national team.
"Nelson’s in-depth knowledge of elite taekwondo athlete development will allow us to maintain continuity with the current performance plan being delivered to our athletes within the academy.
"With Stephen and Paul coming in to support Nelson’s senior coaching plan it is a very exciting and promising time for British Taekwondo.”