Bronwin Carter has stressed her commitment to City of Portsmouth as she targets Paralympic Games success for the club in 2016.
The popular throws coach recently stepped down from her position as the club’s UK Women’s League manager after leading the team to a creditable third-placed finish in division two last season.
But since that decision was made, Carter has had to emphasise to concerned athletes that she remains a permanent and dedicated figure in the club’s coaching ranks.
That point has been made obvious by the 61-year-old’s nightly coaching sessions over the winter months.
And with Carter determined to coach City to further Paralympic Games glory following Olivia Breen’s heroics in London last year, she intends to show her commitment even more in the years to come.
‘I would just like to stress again that I haven’t resigned from the club,’ said Carter.
‘I’ve had so many people ask me if had I left, but I’m still at the track on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and still a coach at City.
‘I’m still doing all the strength and conditioning work with the club’s sprinters and throwers and have a good disabled squad which I’m hoping to concentrate a lot more time on.’
With a strong pool of athletes in the City ranks, including Breen and club throwers Maxine Moore and Graham Condie, Carter believes the club have talented athletes who could celebrate glory in Rio in 2016.
‘It’s hard work but it’s well worth it,’ said Carter.
‘My group are always there, despite the weather, and are so committed.
‘There is a chance some of them could be at Rio for the Paralympics in 2016, and they’re really working hard to seize that opportunity.
‘We currently have two in the UKA development squad – Maxine and Graham – which is a stage down from the national squad.
‘If they can get a few good results this season, then they’ll go up to the national squad and have a good hope of representing GB.’
Carter added she wished new women’s coach Gerry North luck ahead of the 2013 season.
‘I’m hoping he and the team do well this season.
‘I’ll still be following their progress and supporting Gerry as much as I can.’
– MARK McMAHON