Black happy to have Stanley onboard ahead of Rio 2016

15 April 2014 / 17:00

British Athletics' performance director Neil Black insists it is all systems go for the 2016 Olympics in Rio after Peter Stanley was appointed to the post of head of field and combined events.

Based at the British Athletics Performance Institute at Loughborough, Stanley's remit will be to support, facilitate and influence the athlete coach pairs with a view to improving performances and winning medals.

Stanley will remain in his current post as head ofcCoaching and Development at British Athletics/England Athletics and Commonwealth Games Team Leader for England Athletics until the conclusion of Glasgow 2014, after which he will assume responsibility for all jumps, throws and combined events.

The recruitment of Stanley completes the three specialist roles following Barry Fudge being confirmed as head of endurance in December and Stephen Maguire as head of power (sprints and sprint hurdles) last month.

"This appointment is the final piece in the Olympic Performance Programme restructure that is preparing British Athletics for Rio 2016 and beyond,” Black said.

"Peter was the stand out candidate during the recruitment process and he brings to the table the skills, attributes and experience that we were looking for. Peter’s reputation in coaching and coach development is second to none."

Stanley added: "I am thrilled to be given the position of head of field and combined events.

"It's an exciting opportunity to work with elite British athletes and coaches as well as helping clubs and coaches develop the next generation. There is an abundance of British talent in each area of jumps, throws and combined events and I’m looking forward to working alongside the athletes and their coaches as we head towards Rio 2016 and London 2017."

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