HOLLY Bleasdale is hoping a change of scenery will bring about a change of luck as she targets major medals in 2013 “I have changed coaches to be with Dan Pfaff and am based in Cardiff now. The training I have been doing with Dan has been really good.“I seem to be improving with every session, which is obviously a good thing.“I am excited to be working with him and seeing what I can achieve.”The change has taken Bleasdale from her Welsh base out to Arizona in the USA for a six-week training block, with the Chorley athlete flying back into the country on the Christmas Eve.
The warm weather training under the stewardship of American native Pfaff paid dividends for other athletes in his stable, with Greg Rutherford one of those to profit when the long jumper secured a gold medal in London.“I’ve been out in America for three-and-a-half weeks now and am really enjoying it,” said Bleasdale.“I am training in a group that includes Greg Rutherford, al-though he is not actually with us in Arizona at the moment but will be joining the group soon.“It is good to be training with other Olympians and learning off them. “We’re flying back into the country on Christmas Eve so we are cutting it fine a bit, but I will be at home in Euxton for a few days over Christmas and I can have some time off with my friends and family.”That break will be the last for Bleasdale as she prepares for the European Indoors in Gothenburg, Sweden in the first weekend in March before the World Championships in Moscow in August.“My main aims for next year are the European Indoors and the World Championships,” she said.
Ideally I want to medal in both but what I really want to do is start performing consistently well at the top heights and at the top level rather than being up and down.”And the bronze medallist from this year’s World Indoor Cham-pionships is taking the advice of two other top pole vaulters in a bid to bring about that consistency.“I am learning off Steve Lewis and Steve Hooker,” said Bleasdale.“They have both been involved in the sport for a long time.“It is good to get different people’s opinions.”
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