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"Legendary" Olympic coach to share athlete development secrets

Sunday 09 June 2019

"Legendary" Olympic coach to share athlete development secrets

An "international superstar" with UK and Olympic track and field coaching experience will be in Jersey next week to share his secrets to developing elite athletes with local trainers.

Kelvin Giles, who has coached 14 Olympians and World Championship athletes, will be at the Jersey Sport Foundation's (JSF) third athlete development conference on 14 June at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre at FB Fields.

Highlights of his 30 years in Australia’s high-performance sport environment include being Head Track and Field Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and Head of the Athletic Development department at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane.

Giles also spent six years at the helm of the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League team as Director of Performance, and led the Australian Rugby Union’s Elite Player Development section.


Pictured: Giles trained as a PE teacher and coach before moving on to high-performance sport environment.

He currently resides in Australia and is the CEO of Movement Dynamics UK Ltd, an athlete development consultancy launched in 2003. Over the course of his 40-year career, he has coached 14 Olympic and World Championship athletes.

As part of the conference, Giles will discuss his philosophy on movement coaching and physical literacy. Attendees will also get to learn more about the theory behind his renowned 'Movement Competency Assessment System', and have time to practise it.

As a trained PE teacher and coach, his model is designed to fit in directly to PE curriculums, youth sport systems, fitness professionals’ assessments and help fitness enthusiasts move more efficiently. 

Pictured: The conference will take place at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre at FB Fields.

The JSF said that they hoped this year's conference would give attendees skills they could use the very next day.

"This is a very rare opportunity to gain some world leading professional development and insight from a professional who has done it all in sport - without leaving Jersey!" the JSF said.

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