Although high jump is an individual sport, there is a huge demand for an efficient team to make the most out of the athlete. It requires expertise in a multitude of disciplines, and great communication between them. Jonathan is fortunate to have the help and experience of some of the most knowledgeable professionals of their fields, and they are all passionate in helping Jonathan become a world renowned Paralympic athlete.
Paul Harrison – Lead Coach – Paul joined the coaching team to assist Jonathan on the build up to the Paralympics in Rio 2016. Paul has helped him go back to basics to improve Jonathan’s movement. His one to one sessions are helping to evolve Jonathan’s movement patterns and make the most out of the unique body mechanics of a Talipes foot.
Jeremy James – Osteopath – As of 2016, Jeremy has been helping to stabilise Jonathan’s spine, and improve blocked up fascia and tissue through years of overcompensation for his impairment. Jonathan will see Jeremy once a month to unwind his body after a heavy training block.
Tim King – Biomechanist – Tim has been helping Jonathan since 2008. The nature of Jonathan’s disability also presented postural problems which caused Jonathan a lot of pain. Over the first 2 years, Tim helped Jonathan eradicate this postural pain and get him into a position to train at the highest level. With regular monitoring, Jonathan can train and operate with minimal pain.
Marc Alner – Social Media Rep – Marc has been helping Jonathan since the build up to Rio, to help expand his social media following. By reducing the distractions that social media can sometimes cause, Jonathan is in a position to be able to focus on his training and the tasks at hand.
British Athletics Medical Team – The medical team at the Loughborough High Performance Athletics Centre (HiPAC) are at the forefront of athlete care. Jonathan has the help and support of Rob Miller, who although is a fairly young S&C coach, Rob’s expertise has developed exponentially, and Jonathan’s speed and strength have progressed enormously since 2014. In addition, Sophie Killer assists in competition preparation and meal plans as acting Nutritionalist.
Steve Elkin – Welfare Support – Since Steve met Jonathan in 2014, he has acted as a supportive role to get the best out of Jonathan in and away from sport. By helping limit the distractions, there has been a significant improvement to Jonathan’s training and focus. In addition, with his company Palmares, Steve conducts workshops for businesses with Jonathan to help businesses go from Good to Elite.