Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello receives new role with British Athletics.
Last Updated: 04/12/13 4:16pm
Jessica Ennis-Hill: Has enjoyed a successful partnership with Toni Minichiello
Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello has been handed a new role by British Athletics.
Minichiello lost his full-time job with British Athletics in a restructure, despite his work with the Olympic heptathlon champion, but has returned to the national body as Athlete Based Support coach.
He will work closely with British Athletics performance staff as he attempts to guide Ennis-Hill towards more medal success.
The pair will remain at their Sheffield base, but can also utilise the facilities at the National Performance Institute at Loughborough.
"In the year since leaving British Athletics I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with a number of other sports governing bodies and businesses as well as working with Jessica," said Minichiello.
"This has provided some fantastic experiences and learning opportunities - to the extent that I will continue with these activities. That said I've come to realise that my defining passion lies with athletics and my personal drive to be the best athletics coach I can be.
"I was pleased to be offered the opportunity to rejoin the British Athletics performance team. It offers the perfect opportunity for me to fulfil this ambition with like minded colleagues whilst putting back into the sport."
British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: "I am delighted Toni has reconsidered and will now join our team as one of our consultant coaches.
"Our job is to ensure that Jessica Ennis-Hill gets everything she needs to continue to be the best in the world. Toni is absolutely central to that and the whole system works better for him, for Jessica and for British Athletics when we are all part of the same team.
"It is vital that British Athletics invests in its top coaching talent like Toni, helping them move from one generation of athletes to the next, from a single event/single athlete focus to multiple athlete and event focus, adding value across the whole elite programme."