Baulch helps young footballers to be quick off the blocks
Olympic silver medalist Jamie Baulch (pictured below) recently visited Swansea University to help train the rising stars of Welsh football.
Before his retirement from athletics in 2005, the top class 400m runner competed at the highest level – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Championships. In 1999 Jamie had his greatest indoor season winning all five competitions at 400m, culminating in winning the World Indoor title at Maebashi in Japan.
He has represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games and he picked up a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Still heavily involved with athletics, Jamie is also helping the next generation of Welsh football players to improve their performance.
Jamie visited Swansea's Sketty Lane sports village to spend time with a group of 14 to 16 year old footballers, seven of who are Swansea City Under 16s players.
During his visit, Jamie made full use of the athletics track and the indoor training centre, to help improve the young players' sprint performance.
Gwyneth Diment, who heads the Department of Sports and Physical Recreation at Swansea University, said: "It is great to see the facilities being put to such good use, and to showcase what we have to offer.
"Jamie is an inspiration to many people and I am sure that the talented young players who took part in the session will have benefited immensely from his advice."
Jamie was quick to praise the excellent facilities at the University. He said: "I don't want to sound like an old man, but opportunities to train in these types of surroundings weren’t possible when I was competing.
"There are a lot of talented athletes and sportspeople in this area and being able to train here can be hugely beneficial. I look forward to being invited back here in the future."
Speaking after the session, Daniel Alfei, aged 15, from Olchfa School and playing for Swansea City Under 16s, said: "It’s been great. I want to be a professional footballer one day so being able to get some advice on my running technique from Jamie will definitely help."
Daniel's coach Gary Richards agrees. He said: "Football is a very competitive industry and sessions like this can make a huge difference. Jamie is very good at what he does and has a great way with the players.
"We are indebted to the University and to Power Goldberg for allowing us to offer this opportunity to who we hope are our future stars."