Speaker Bios

Loren Seagrave

Loren Seagrave is a renowned athletics coach through his work with countless Olympic and World Champions. In 2000 alone Seagrave coached 6 Olympians from 5 different countries including the Gold Medalist in the 200-meters, Pauline Davis. He has worked with numerous top horizontal jumpers including World Champions Dwight Phillips and Tianna Bartoletta. In 1998, Seagrave was sought out to direct the training of 100-meter Olympic Champion and World Record Holder Donovan Bailey. Loren Seagrave is respected around the world as one of the foremost authorities on coach education in our sport.

Jama Aden

Qatar’s own national endurance coach Jama Aden is regarded as one of the top middle distance coaches in the world today. a formal recognition of his coaching success came in 2008 as he was named the IAAF middle-distance coach of the year. Jama’s past and current training groups have had a major impact on the podium in recent major championships. To name some of these successes: 800m runner abubaker kaki has won two indoor world titles, Ayanleh Souleiman won this year’s world indoor 1500m, Taoufik Makhloufi won the 2012 Olympic 1500m title, Genzebe Dibaba was a double world indoor champion this year in the women’s 1500 and 3000m, and Ismail Ahmed Ismail won a silver medal in the 800m at the 2008 olympics. Jama’s successful coaching career follows success he achieved himself as a two-time Olympian in the 1500m in the 1980’s.

Ekkart Arbeit

Dr. Ekkart Arbeit was, for more than 25 years, involved in the competitive sport system of the G.D.R. - initially in the area of competitive sports research, later on as a coach inside the Athletic Federation. Since 1990’s and 2000’s he coached and advised in Italy, Greece and Israel before becoming Head Coach of the South Africa National Team. Ekkart is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest throws coaches having developed many Olympians during his various coaching stints. He is also high sought after as a coach educator having lectured around the world on training theory and throwing biomechanics for the ring throwing events.

John Nuttall

John has been involved in elite athletics for 35 years as a youth, junior and senior international endurance athlete. Major successes as an athlete include English Schools Record Holder 3000m (1985 – still stands), European Junior Bronze medalist 3000m, World Junior finalist 5000m, NCCA Cross country Champion 10km, Commonwealth Games bronze 5000m and World Cup silver 5000m. PB’s are 3000m 7:36 (4th UK All – time list & 5000m 13:16 12th UK All -time list). After his athletic career finished he was employed by UK Athletics as a Senior Endurance Coach. During this 13 year period, John coached 23 national champions, 2 national records holders & 8 European medalists including 3 champions at junior and senior level. John has also been the Lead Team Endurance Coach at 16 major championships including the past 2 Olympic Games. John is currently coach of Gemma Steel who is arguably the fastest non-African female endurance runner in the World on the roads 10km – half marathon. Over the past 2 years he has worked as the Aspire Head Coach for Athletics.

Wolfgang Killing

Wolfgang Killing was one of the best West German high jumpers in the 1970s, finishing his career with a 2.28m personal best. He later became a coach and sport scientist where from 1987-2006 he served as the German National High Jump Coach. During this time he published two scientific training books: Gekonnt nach oben in 1995 and Leistungsreserve Springen: Handbuch des Sprungkrafttrainings für alle Sportarten in 2008. He has coached several athletes to over 2.30m in high jump including Ralf Sonn (2.39m) and Martin Buss (2.36m, 2001 World Champion). Killing is also the organizer of the indoor high jump meeting at Wuppertal, which now also includes pole vaulters, and which attracts some of the world’s best in the events.

Esa Utriainen

Coach Utriainen is a former international javelin thrower for Finland and began coaching in 1983. He has worked as a national javelin coach for Finland, South Korea and Great Britain. Over the past several years he has developed several top javelin throwers. His recent post as the National Javelin Coach for UK Athletics saw him training some of the top British javelin athletes out of the Loughborough University High Performance Center. His current post is as the National Team Javelin Coach for the Qatar Athletics Federation. He has spoken and written about javelin training around the world for over twenty years.

Jonas Taiwah-Dodoo

Leading the UK’s new wave of innovative coaches, Jonas’s pioneering approach is achieving formidable results. Notable among his successes is sprinting sensation Chijindu Ujah, the youngest ever Brit to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m. Jonas was part of the UK Athletics Apprentice Coach programme for London 2012, working closely with world-renowned ‘super-coach’ Dan Pfaff. Together they ensured some of British athletics’ biggest stars walked away with medals, including Greg Rutherford, Jonnie Peacock and Bethany Woodward. Jonas currently coaches five of Britain’s top 10 sprinters and is also the lead technical coach for Wired for Sport, helping to turn today’s most talented juniors into tomorrow’s champions.

Esa Peltola

Esa Peltola is currently Head of Performance Enhancement and Talent Identification in Aspire. He joined Aspire just prior opening of Aspire in September 2004. He holds a prestigious European Master of Science Degree in the Science of Sport Coaching, a Master’s Degree in Sport Science and Coaching from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and a Degree in Physiotherapy. Prior Aspire Esa worked as the Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) where he has also worked as National Talent Search Coordinator. Leading up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics Esa worked as a National Sport Science and Medicine Coordinator for Athletics. Esa has wealth of international experience in sport science and coaching. He has worked within high performance sport for 40 years. In the 80’s Esa worked as the Head Coach of Sprints and Hurdles in Finland and in early 90’s as the National Athletics Coach in Qatar. Esa’s coaching credentials include many medalists and finalists of major Championships, including Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. Esa’s areas of research interests include short duration physiology, neuro-muscular testing and training and new innovations in athlete preparation. He is the author of several Coaching, Sport Science and Medicine publications. He is also a member of editorial boards of two internationally recognized scientific and coaching journals. Esa has presented papers at many international forums, worked as the IAAF lecturer in high level coaching courses in Indonesia, Pacific Islands and Africa and lectured coaching science at universities.

Sport Science Speaker Bios

Michael Johnston

Michael has spent over a decade working in elite and high performance sports working across Olympic, Paralympic and Professional sports in the UK and is currently employed as a strength and conditioning consultant for the British athletics team where he also leads on the monitoring and recovery strategies for the speed and power events. He has a PhD in Sport science from Swansea University where his thesis investigated the physiological, neuromuscular and hormonal responses to maximal speed training.

Paul Brice

Dr Paul Brice completed his Doctoral thesis entitled “The Biomechanics of Curvilinear Motion” in 2007 from the University of Chichester. He was the first Biomechanist to be at the English Institute of Sport in 2003. Initially he worked across multiple sports providing biomechanical support to Wheelchair Basketball, Archery and Hockey in their World Class programmes. From 2006 he specialised in Track and Field Biomechanics and was the Head Biomechanist in the Olympic cycle into the London 2012 Olympic Games across all events groups. Post London Olympic Games Paul set up his own private consultancy and now provides targeted biomechanical support to a number of professional teams and individual athletes and remains within the Track and Field programme working with a core group of medal winning athletes. Paul has a proven track record of assisting coaches in the decision making process and has the ability to translate complex biomechanical material into a coach friendly and meaningful format.

Chris Gaviglio

Chris Gaviglio is currently the Head of Strength & Conditioning at the Queensland Academy of Sport, arguably Australia’s most acclaimed state institute program. While heading up the S&C department Chris delivers physical development programs for elite Olympic and Commonwealth throwers. Chris, until recently, was also a very accomplished Shot put and Discus thrower having represented Australia in international competitions. Chris has had over 15 years’ experience as a top flight S&C coach, having also had lengthy stints in professional sports, namely rugby union in the English Premiership with Bath rugby and in the Australian Football League as Head of Strength & Conditioning with the Gold Coast Suns. During his time in the UK, Chris was involved with UKSport in multiple applied sports science projects. His major project involved monitoring salivary hormones (testosterone and cortisol) responses to competition and training in rugby union. This work is now currently being formalized into a PhD, which is due to be completed later this year. Chris has several published papers as a result of this work and other collaborative work with other applied sport scientists. Consequently Chris brings a wealth of experience in the training of elite athletes and the application of sports science into athletic programs.

Phil Graham Smith

Dr. Phil Graham-Smith is currently the Head of Biomechanics at the Aspire Academy of Sporting Excellence in Doha, Qatar. In addition to his academic career at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Universities he was also the consultant Head of Biomechanics at the English Institute of Sport. He is a BASES Accredited Sports Biomechanist, BOA registered Performance Analyst and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He has over 21 years applied experience providing biomechanical support to UK Athletics and professional football and rugby clubs.

Daniel Kings

Dan is a certified clinical and performance nutritionist and has recently started as the Head of Sports Nutrition for Aspetar and Aspire Academy. He has a degree in Food Science, an MSc in Dietetics with State Registration and completed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) post grad diploma in sports nutrition in 2010. Prior to working in Qatar, Dan worked as Senior Performance Nutritionist at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) managing nutrition services for GB Hockey and GB Synchronised Swimming to London 2012 and GB Skeleton to Sochi 2014. He has also worked extensively as a consultant in numerous Premier League and Championship clubs from 2008-2014 including West Ham Utd, Manchester United FC, Leicester City FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and was the full time performance nutritionist with the Welsh Senior men’s rugby union team from 2002-2008.

Dr. John Stoszkowkski

Dr John Stoszkowski leads the Sports Coaching Practice degree programme at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. His research interests include coach learning and development, around which his doctoral research focussed, and the facilitation of talent development. Previously, he held player and coach development roles at the Professional Golfers’ Association and England Golf, and was head coach/director of a private coaching enterprise specialising in youth sport. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew Murray

Andrew is the Senior Sports Physiologist at Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar where he primarily supports the athletics programme in general and leads the service team for Endurance. He was formerly the Senior Sports Physiologist at the sportscotland institute of sport where he provided scientific support in the preparation of athletes across multiple sports including field hockey, rugby 7s and swimming for the Commonwealth and Olympic Games (2009-2014). Prior to this he was Sport Scientist for Heart of Midlothian Football Club in the Scottish Premier League (2006-2008) and wrote and delivered coach education programmes for the Scottish Football Association.

Daniel Silvan

Daniel Martinez Silvan, currently the Senior Physiotherapist for Athletics in Aspire Academy, has been involved in Athletics for the last 15 years. As an athlete, he was a middle-distance specialist at a national level in Spain, and nowadays he still keeps on training for Marathon as an amateur runner. As a Physiotherapist, he got his post graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 2005, and also a Master’s Degree in Manual Therapy in 2007, which lead him to start working with the Spanish Athletics Federation in 2007. He’s been involved in many national and international youth, junior and senior competitions and training camps with the Spanish National Team until he joined Aspire Academy in 2014. His main fields of expertise are overuse injuries, lower limb tendinopathies and injury prevention in sports, having participated in many investigations and conferences about them. Most recently, in 2014, he got his Master’s Degree in Sports Performance by the Spanish Olympic Committee, which improved his understanding of the coaching environment and helped to develop a more realistic and applied Physiotherapy at the high level.