Speedworks Charity are delighted to announce our new Ambassador Program. Our Ambassadors embody the vision of the Speedworks philosophy and will be responsible for passing on their knowledge and experience to other athletes within our network.
Our two athlete Ambassadors, Daryll Neita (21) and Reece Prescod (21) are a picture of what the Speedworks Training system can and has produced over the past 4 -5 years. Coached by Jonas Dodoo under the Speedworks system, Daryll and Reece are committed to supporting other young talented athletes, so they too can make the same successful transition to the senior level.
Reece was a very talented Junior athlete and in 2017 Reece won the British Senior Champs which secured his place for the World Championships Team. At the World Championships he continued to make his mark and was the only Briton to make the final where he came 7th. This is a great accomplishment as the last time a British male made a World 100m final was in 2009.
Daryll continued her success from 2016 after winning her first global medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2017, she also added a World silver relay medal to her collection, as well as competing successfully in the Diamond League, solidifying her place as a world class athlete.
Very few individuals transition from notable, talented teens to senior world class athletes in just a few short years. Daryll and Reece are two such unique athletes. They will be sharing their knowledge, wisdom and success stories with our current crop of Speedworks Athletes as well as supporting fundraising for the charity.
We caught up with the pair to ask them a few questions:
- What does being a Speedworks Ambassador mean to you?
D: I feel honoured to be a Speedworks Ambassador as it represents being a successful athlete under the programme and also reaching maturity within my sport.
R: Being a Speedworks Ambassador is a great honour for me, I have been part of the system for 4 years and have learnt a significant amount in what it required to be a professional athlete. I feel Speedworks has a clear path from development to elite level and the developing athletes can seek advice and help from the coaching staff and myself.
2 Why do you think you were able to transition so well from Junior to Senior level?
D: I was able to transition from junior to senior successfully because the Speedworks programme has a good philosophy and understanding in terms of the coaching and knowing what type of patience is needed when coaching and mentoring young people. Also, I feel the programme has mastered being flexible enough to manage individuals and cater for different people in a sporting environment
R: Personally, for me I feel like junior athletics is a learning curve for young upcoming athletes, some will excel early, others will have longer development but eventually you will see an athlete’s true ability. The transition for me was mainly just making sure I completed the training blocks and stayed healthy. We planned our races well and I was able to take all the skills I’ve learnt from training into a racing environment and execute.
- If you had not been with Speedworks, where do you think you would be in your career now?
D: If I had not been with Speedworks I’d like to think I would have still achieved the things I have. I’m Sure the route would have been very different; however, Speedworks has been a massive part of my success as an athlete so far and I am excited to continue my journey with Speedworks.
R: I would probably be working in an estate agent.
- What would you say Speedworks does differently to other training groups?
D: I feel Speedworks (as stated above) is able to adapt to special requirements of individual athletes which for me is one of the most important things as it is important to understand every athlete as an individual. Sometimes it seems not all training groups or (coaches) understand this concept, but to me this seems why Speedworks has been so successful. Jonas (Head Coach) understands that one size does not fit all and is able to be creative with ideas.
R: Every training group across the UK has different approaches, personally I feel the Speedworks approach is very good coaching and support systems which helps athletes to excel in their chosen event. The training environment is positive & hard working which will keep you motivated.
- What are some of your goals for this next Olympic cycle?
D: My goals for this Olympic cycle are to keep improving every year and bring back medals!!!!
R: My goals are to run to the best of my ability across all 3 events (100,200,400) and to medal at every major championship in the next 4 years and beyond.
- What advice would you give to the young athletes coming up behind you?
D: Advice I’d give to younger athletes would be - decide if you’re serious about your sport and if you are, never stop working hard and never get complacent.
R: Mainly just to enjoy the sport, work hard and train and do your upmost to achieve your goals. As an athlete, only you know within yourself how hard you are pushing yourself, so it’s down to you really what happens.