Born into a sporty family (my Father a cross country skiing champion, my Mother a competitive swimmer) I loved all sports.As a youngster I swam competitively but the training was so boring I turned to athletics.During my teenage years I sprinted and long jumped for LC&AC until an unfortunate accident brought any hopes of high achievement to an end.I still swim and have been cycling for many years. 

I returned to LC&AC with my three children who all competed for the club.When my youngest, Sara, showed potential, I decided it would be better to be on the ‘Inside’, therefore, hopefully, gaining the knowledge to help her reach her goals.Twenty five years later I am still here!

My disciplines are:- Sprints, Hurdles and Children in Sport. I was also part of the Warwickshire Schools Initiative, to promote athletics within schools.The training to gain your coaches licence was pretty straight forward. Over the years you learn so much more from your athletes, what works and what doesn’t. Luckily I gleaned some excellent advice from some top UK coaches involved with Sara’s training which ultimately has been passed on to our sprinters.For me the winter coaching is the best, it pushes the athletes to achieve targets they didn’t think they could attain.It also shows me who is committed, so makes me more committed to them.The joy on their faces when they get a PB in the summer season makes it so worthwhile.

Seeing shy youngsters develop into confident adults is also rewarding.We have the best banter and laughs too.I have many ‘Proudest ‘ moments, obviously my own daughter’s success but also the many County/English Schools,England and GB athletes selected and or medal winners I have been involved with over the years.

The latest Ben Hawkes in 2019.As a group we have been blessed with talent and it is great that Rebecca Kitching and Sara Wills are still part of the club today. I can see we have potential waiting in the wings too!My one piece of advice would be:- Listen to your body, never train ill or injured.

Most of all I enjoy what I do and look forward to being back at the track soon. (Covid permitting).
Lin McGreavy.

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