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Leeds Beckett Academics presenting at a prestigious international conference on coaching practice

Following on from the successful release of the largest ever biomechanics study of world-class athletes earlier this summer, key findings from the London 2017 World Championships conducted by staff from Leeds Beckett University for the IAAF were presented this weekend to coaches from around the globe.

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Dr Brian Hanley and Dr Gareth Nicholson of the Carnegie School of Sport joined a world-class roster of speakers, including coaches to Olympic Champions, for the 8th European Pole Vault and High Jump Symposium held at the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany from 9-11 November.


The European Pole Vault and High Symposium is part of the European Athletics Coaching Summit Series that is held annually. Leeds Beckett University has previously had the honour of hosting three Summit Series conferences in race walking.

This weekend’s conference attracted more than 200 top coaches, sports scientists and athletes to take part in talks and practical sessions. Dr Nicholson highlighted the key results from the high jump competitions in London, with Dr Hanley presented findings from the pole vault events. Dr Hanley has worked closely with Helen Gravestock, our event director for the pole vault in London, to provide novel insights into this most complicated of events.

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