Top GB sprints coach, Lloyd Cowan (MBE) has joined King’s Athletics as head sprints coach.
Cowan’s move to King’s Athletics also marks his move back to the refurbished Southwark Park Athletics Centre, where he worked for many years before the track fell into disrepair.
The track was officially launched this week by leader of Southwark Council, Peter John.
On their marks for the official Southwark Park Athletics Track launch https://t.co/i3bnbbs45s pic.twitter.com/IDKHPjZkot
— Southwark Council (@lb_southwark) November 16, 2016
The flood-lit, six-lane track forms part of Phase One of plans to reinstate Southwark Park’s athletics facilities. The next phase of the project will be to refurbishment of the pavilion.
Cowan is joined by team GB 400m sprinter, Conrad Williams and Chanel Hemmings who make up the sprints and jumps coaching staff.
Speaking on his appointment, Cowan said “I’m delighted to give back to the community”
Great 1st night on track w/ @LondonCityAC. Amazing 2 have @cowanlloyd & @cwilliams400 coaching our sprinters. @Team_KingsSport #kingspride pic.twitter.com/ue7Yp4unnF
— King’s Athletics (@KingsAXC) October 4, 2016
Cowan, 54 specialised in the 110 and 400m hurdles during his time as a GB athlete. He retired from athletics at 39 and moved into coaching.
He quickly established himself as one of the top coaches in the country, coaching international medal winning athletes including former UCL student and Olympic 400m champion, Christine Ohuruogu.
In 2015, Cowan was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and made an MBE for services to athletics
Joining Cowan at King’s is GB 400m runner, Conrad Williams.
Squad goals my first day as a coach for @KingsAXC & @LondonCityAC @cowanlloyd pic.twitter.com/3fWT0kxPjk
— conrad williams (@cwilliams400) October 5, 2016
Williams, 34, has competed for GB in the 4X400 at European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.