Women On Track – Clova Court
As an athlete, Clova competed for Great Britain at several major championships during the 1990’s. Her first individual international vest was at the age of 30. She finished 16th at the 1991 World Championships with a personal best score of 6022 points, ninth at the 1992 European Indoor Championships, 19th at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games and 8th in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Clova competed in 12 major events, on two occasions doubling up in both the heptathlon and the 100m hurdles, and five European Cups, representing GB at international level in a number of different disciplines; heptathlon, 100m hurdles, 200m, Javelin throw, Long Jump, sprint relay tam, plus indoor 60m hurdles, pentathlon and the 4 x 200m relay team. In total, she made 57 appearances for GB and NI.
After retirement, Clova began coaching and then after 3 years, Clova returned to her roots in the Black Country at Wolves and Bilston to ‘give something back’. Clova and her husband Howard, Coach performance and development groups in a Sandwell where they guide and nurture young athletes to national and international titles. Clova is one of the few former British Olympians who has captained the British team and then gone on to manage and coach the British team.
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