Wednesday, April 25, 2012

#communitysport blog: Steve Perks

Our latest blog in our Community Sport series comes from Steve Perks. Originally from Llanelli, Steve Perks became Welsh National Event Coach for Sprints and Relays in 1990 and was Head Coach (Athletics) at the Commonwealth Games Victoria Canada 1994.

Under his stewardship, in 1998, the British relay squad became the first team to win the European title in Budapest a feat they repeated in Munich (1999 & 2003) four years later. At the World Championships they achieved two Silver medals establishing a new British and European Record at Seville 1999. Then 2004 saw the ultimate achievement for the team – winning Olympic gold in Athens.

2004 Athens Olympic relay gold medallist Darren Campbell

I began to compete for the Boys Brigade and realised that I enjoyed the races and went from there to secondary school and developed.

I had very supportive parents and other people who were willing to give me their time - coaches and teachers.

School sport is instrumental in giving young people an opportunity to participate, experience and compete, hopefully in a range of different sports.

Clubs in the main can develop the interests further by giving either a greater competitive aspect or different experiences.

The main issue is to get young people enthused about the worth of keeping healthy and that there are a host of different ways in enabling this to happen, whether it is on an individual basis, within a group of people or whether within a team based sport.

Getting involved is so easy and so rewarding. When you are asked to get involved - do so; you never know where it can lead!

This blog was written in conjunction with the launch of a strategy for Community Sport in Wales.  If you’d like your say, get involved in the debate on twitter – using the hashtag #communitysport and you can mention us @sport_wales