Eilidh Child goes behind the scenes
EILIDH DOYLE GETS EYE OPENER AFTER JOINING THE SCOTTISH ATHLETICS BOARD
EILIDH DOYLE admits her new position on the Scottish Athletics board has opened her eyes as to the amount of work which goes on behind the scenes of the sport, writes Euan
Scotland’s most decorated track athlete, who took up the post in September, said: “I’ve had two meetings so far and it’s definitely made me learn a lot more about what goes on in the organisation.
“At my first meeting, my mind was blown. I thought ‘man, there’s a lot going on!’ As athletes, you’re just in your own little bubble and just focused on training and racing – which is what you should be doing – but it’s nice to see how the organisation works.”
Doyle intends to be a bridge between the board and the athletes, with the subject of athlete welfare very high on her list of priorities.
Hammer thrower Chris Bennett recently spoke openly to the BBC about his struggles with mental health and Doyle, speaking at an event to mark 100 days to go until the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, added: “Mental health issues are so important right now, and supporting the athletes.
It’s a difficult sport to be part of because everything is based on performance, performing well and winning medals.
“If you’re not performing well, you’re not getting funding, you’re not getting the support you need and it then becomes about trying to get yourself out of that situation.
“When you see Chris, he’s this jovial, jokey kind of guy and you don’t actually understand there’s a lot more going on there than he lets on so I think that was really important (he spoke about it).
“Hopefully that’s opened the eyes of people on the board of Scottish Athletics, British Athletics and all the organisations to say ‘we need to make sure there’s a support there for these guys’.”
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