Joanna Eley, National Development Coach

Joanna EleyJoanna is the National Development Coach and was herself a short track speed skater for Great Britain between 1997 and 2008, competing at two Winter Olympic Games. Her current coaching role involves working with the national ladies relay team and developing the junior athletes.

Joanna’s sporting career highlights include double silver and overall bronze at the 2002 European Championships, 13th overall at the 2002 World Championships, 9th place in the 1000m at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and gold in the women’s relay at the 2008 European Championships.

After her retirement in 2008, she began her coaching career and since then has coached medal winning athletes at Star Class (European age group) events, Junior Europa Cup, World Junior Championships, Youth Olympics, European Championships and World Cups.

As well as her works with the GB athletes, she developed and coaches on the National Talent Identification programme, which feeds the national team. This season her aim is to coach the ladies team to become to first ever GB Ladies relay team to qualify for a Winter Olympic Games.

In 2012 Joanna graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class honours degree in Sport Development with Coaching, and also graduated from UK Sport's prestigious Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP).