Truro running star links up with new coach
TRURO junior international runners Annabel Gummow has split with her coach Chris Wooldridge.
Gummow has decided to switch to south east-based coach Neville Taylor, who is an endurance experience coach working for England Athletics and was mentor to former British international and 1984 Olympic silver medallist Wendy Sly.
"I have been working with Wendy a lot and Neville Taylor is her old coach," said Gummow.
"I also talked to other people about him. It is working really well and we speak every day and I feel I am going to move on with him."
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Gummow had linked up with Wooldridge a couple of years ago, even though he is now based in the south of France for much of the year.
Woolridge's coaching credentials are impressive as he was the man who guided the golden Cornwall trio of Jemma Simpson, who later went on to compete in the Olympics, Dani Barnes and Zoe Jelbert when they were youngsters. He was also named coach of the year in 2000 by the British Milers' Club when he coached an unprecedented four girls – Simpson, Barnes, Jelbert and Leah Harris – to gold medals at the English Schools' Championships.
"It wasn't working out with Chris and our communication wasn't as good as it could be so I made the decision to switch," added Gummow.
"Chris was a great coach and I must give him my thanks. I really respect him but it was very difficult with him living in France and me being here. It just wasn't working out and I had to move coaches and I feel I made the right move."