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New post goes to Matt

Friday 17 October 2014

Within a re-vamped Welsh Athletics coaching structure, Cardiff's former GB international 400m hurdles and relay star Matt Elias (pictured in his heyday as a competitor) has been appointed to the new post of National Performance Centre Coach.

Formerly the National Event Group Lead - sprints and hurdles, Matt's new responsibilities are the coaching of elite athletes at the National Performance Centre in Wales, to include the support to coaches and athletes elsewhere in Wales, as required.

Matt had a distinguished career as an athlete, representing Wales and Great Britain on many occasions at 400m hurdles and relay and collecting numerous medals in the process.

Matt was involved in one of the most thrilling finishes in a relay when he ran the last leg for Wales in the 4x400m relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, just failing by the thickness of his vest to hold off England's Daniel Caines for the gold medal.

We wish Matt well in his new role.

Another change in the Welsh coaching structure sees a change in Scott Simpson's remit as he now becomes Head of Coaching and Peformance with overall responsibility for overall strategic responsibility for the coaching and performance programme and management responsibility for the department.