Bleasdale confirms full time UK schedule

European indoor pole vault champion Holly Bleasdale has confirmed she will revert to training in the UK and work full-time with Scott Simpson.

Bleasdale had been splitting her time between Wales and Arizona, where she worked with Dan Pfaff and Simpson, but will now base her training at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff.

The 21-year-old won gold in a jump-off at the European Indoors in Gothenburg in March, but failed to record a height in the European Team Championships in Gateshead at the weekend.

She said: “The last eight months has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my career so far and Dan has done so much to help me address many technical issues.

“But I am really excited to be returning back to the UK full time. The combination of the support from the British Athletics medical team going forward and being able to continue developing what I have learnt now under Scott’s guidance means I have the best possible team around me.

“Unfortunately I’m going to miss the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix  in Birmingham and the European Under-23 championships due to small injuries, but I am now looking forward to getting my body injury free in time for the World Championships in Moscow.”

Bleasdale finished sixth in the London Olympics last year and later split with long-time coach Julien Raffalli to work with Pfaff and Simpson.

Speaking in February, she said: “‘On the first day in Arizona I sat down with Dan and watched a video of my jumps. As I was watching it he was saying we need to change that, that,that….But it was all positive if I needed to change so much and could still jump 4.87m (her personal best).’

Holly Bleasdale 2
Holly Bleasdale 2


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