17 September 2017
Coach-Dvoskina delivers in London
Coach achievements can often go unrecognised as they work in the background or at the training track. But one performance which must rate as one of the best-ever for Australia was Iryna Dvoskina’s coaching efforts in London – and the many hours, days and months leading up to the event. Canberra-based Dvoskina, coached two NSW and one WA athlete to great success at the Para-Athletics World Championships in London in July.
Temora’s Scott Reardon, who trains out of Canberra won the T42 100m, his fourth consecutive global title. He has now won the last three world titles (2013, 2015 & 2017) and the Rio Paralympics Games gold.
Reardon and coach Iryna Dvoskina had been a very successful team, starting with a sport transition for the athlete.
“When I came into Para-athletics, I was a young, naive water-skier who thought I could be the best, and fortunately I was able to meet up with Iryna, and she turned me from a water skier into the athlete I am today,” he told Sascha Ryner from the Australian Paralympic Committee.
“A coach can coach an athlete to success once, but to do it over and over again is a sign of an absolutely magnificent coach and she’s able to do just that.”
Dvoskina worked her magic in London to returned Evan O’Hanlon to the top of the podium winning the T38 men’s 100m in a very close battle with China’s Jianwen Hu the defending World and current Paralympic champion. Both were clocked at 11.07, with O’Hanlon getting the nod from the photo-finish judges. O’Hanlon had won the title in 2011 and 2013, but missed the 2015 world championships with injury, but coach Dvoskina has helped guide him back to number one.
The third athlete was ‘the white tiger’ Chad Perris. The Canberra-based Western Australian visually impaired athlete won bronze in the T13 100m in 10.96 – the same time he clocked two years ago at the world championships.
“To come in, to be able to perform on the big stage again is amazing. This is the best medal I’ve ever won,” he said.
Coach-Dvoskina was impressed how he fought for a medal.
“This was a real learning experience for Chad. There were four or five competitors in his race that could have won silver or bronze, but Chad came through to finish in third place.”
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: left to right Chad Perris, Scott Reardon, Iryna Dvoskina and Evan O’Hanlon (images courtesy of David Tarbotton)