Top athletes come to train for 2012

CLASS: Leslie Copeland
CLASS: Leslie Copeland
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Two world class Fijian athletes have travelled to Preston to kick-start their preparations for the 2012 Olympics.

Mayor of Preston Coun Albert Richardson welcomed 22 year-old Javelin thrower Leslie Copeland and his trainer James Goulding to the town hall this week as they started a five-week trip to the city.

The pair made the 10,000-mile trip from Fiji to Preston to use the facilities at the University of Central Lancashire and Preston Sports Arena.

One of UCLAN’s Masters in Sports Coaching students will be working with James to help him video Leslie, which they will then be able study and see where improvements can be made.

Leslie will also have the opportunity to work with Preston Harrier’s athletics trainer Bob Welfare, who helped world renowned javelin thrower Steve Backley reach success.

The visit is part of an agreement to bring Oceania athletes to the North West of England to train for the Olympic Games. It is hoped Fiji will be just one of seven countries to use Preston as a base during the competition.