Archery’s funding uncertainty since Rio seems to have served as a catalyst for this cohort’s success.
The medals are named after Scipio Africanus Mussabini (Sam), best known from the film Chariots of Fire, which tells the story of how he coached Harold Abrahams to gold. In fact he coached athletes from different sports to 11 Olympic medals, including five golds, between the 1908 and 1928 Games.
He is recognised as a pioneer of modern sports coaching – and for his famous maxim: “Only think of two things – the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other.”
All the lead coaches of Britain’s gold medallists at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be honoured at a special reception in London next month.
Mike said: “It is great to receive such an award and I’m really pleased Rikki is being recognised too. I’m so proud to be the head coach of such a great programme as it’s everyone’s hard work throughout Archery GB Performance that has delivered this success in Rio.”
And Rikki said: “I feel very honored to be given this award, however it is not just one person who makes a gold medalist, it needs a great team of coaches and support staff along with a very committed athlete and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with both.”
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