#London2017; Kelly Sotherton shares her thoughts on moving from competing to coaching
Kelly Sotherton is a former British heptathlete with 3 Olympic Bronze medals to her name.
In the heptathlon she was the bronze medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics and, following the disqualification of two other athletes, also at the 2008 Summer Olympics, as well as being part of the bronze medal winning team in the Women’s 4x400m relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics (again, initially finishing 5th but upgraded after various subsequent doping disqualifications). She also won a bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, and was the heptathlon gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In November 2010, she announced her decision to retire from the heptathlon, due to foot and back injuries.
Since retirement, Kelly has taken on many roles to improve her sport of athletics. She sits on the ‘Women in Athletics Committee’ with the IAAF, The Sportspeople Think Tank, she is a team manager, a speaker, activist and a coach.
Her involvement in the London 2017 World Championships is two fold, one as a commentator with British Radio – Radio 5 Live and as coach to British Lon Jumper Jazmine Sawyers.
Returning from the European Indoor Championships in Serbia, back in March 2017, fellow Olympic medalist turned respected broadcaster Katharine Merry wanted to catch up with Kelly to ask her about the transition of moving from competitor to coach and the difficulties she has faced proving herself as a world class coach.