Guernsey athletics: Tom Druce to focus on top performers

Tom Druce
Tom Druce made his Commonwealth Games debut in Delhi in 2010

Guernsey's new athletics development officer Tom Druce says the island must focus on improving the performances of its top competitors.

Druce, who is the island's 100m, 200m and 400m record-holder, is set to start his role next month.

He after injury forced him to pull out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"We're very happy with participation levels, at the moment the focus is more on the performance element," he said.

"We've got a great workforce of volunteers at the club, but the coach development plan probably needs looking at.

"Tied into that we're looking at the development of teenage athletes and retaining them through to the senior scene and ultimately the senior performances."

Druce will move back to the island with his young family to take up the role having been based in the UK for much of the past 10 years.

"It's a great opportunity for me and I'm really excited about it," Druce told BBC Radio Guernsey on his appointment.

"It was always something on my mind to try and convince the guys at the club that I was the right man for the job."

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