5 Aug 2008

The man who has cultivated the talents of a Beijing-bound high jumper heads the line up for the 2008 Welsh Athletics Coaching Conference (Saturday 11 October 2008) at the National Indoor Athletic Centre in Cardiff.

Fuzz Ahmed – coach to Tom Parsons who is competing at the Olympic Games this month – will be accompanied by three leading strength and conditioning specialists from Italy.

Matt Newman – Chief Executive of Welsh Athletics – explains:

"The conference brings together some world-class speakers and coaching specialists, particularly in the field of strength and conditioning.

"The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for all coaches across each event group, regardless of qualification or experience, to explore the benefits and importance of strength training as part of an athletes overall training programme."


Fuzz Ahmed

Coach to Tom Parsons, who boasts a personal best of 2.30m, and Welsh high jump record holder and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Julie Crane.

Dr. Marco Cardinale

Marco is currently Head of Sports Science and Research of the British Olympic Association. His research work has included ‘The Use of Vibration as an Exercise Intervention’, ‘Hormonal Responses to Exercise and Neuromuscular Adaptations to Strength Training’. He has worked as a consultant to football and volleyball teams as well as athletes in many different sports.

Domenico Di Molfetta

Domenico is currently the Italian Athletic Federation National Throws Coach. He is also a lecturer in the Faculty of Motor Sciences University of Foggia – Bari. Domenico Lectures frequently in Italy about the throws and strength training from youth to performance athletics. He is an author of several articles in the area of strength training for the throws. He is a principal coach to a number of top Italian javelin throwers.

Roberto Bonomi

Roberto is currently the Italian Athletic Federation National Sprints and Hurdles Coach. He is a lecturer in the Faculty of Motor Sciences, University of Tor Vergata in Rome. Roberto is the personal coach to three of the athletes in the current Italian relay team (Collio, Donati and Verdecchia). Roberto has worked closely with athletes on their speed development from all athletics event groups as well as with athletes in other sports.

Raphael Brandon

Currently working as Senior S&C coach for UK Athletics, Raphael has helped endurance athletes and their coaches over the past 5 years. He has a good understanding of the practicalities and realities of how to ‘blend’ traditional and innovative S&C methods into endurance training programmes. As lead S&C coach for UKA World Class Talent programme, he has experience in the progression and development of strength and conditioning training methods for young athletes.

If you are interested in attending, contact Emily Brown for a booking form on T: or E: