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Lee Doran – Competitor and Coach
Lee Doran is a well known figure within British Athletics and I have followed him via social media over the past few years, so I was delighted when he agreed to answer questions about his career, current work and the difference (or similarities) between competing and coaching. I would like to thank Lee personally for the time he has taken out of his schedule to provide some great answers.
Can you tell us who you are and your achievements as an athlete?
I am Lee Doran, GB International Javelin Thrower and UK Number 1. I am four time UK Champion (2011,2012,2013 & 2014) won on consecutive occasions, an achievement which no other British Javelin Thrower has ever done. My personal best is 79.72m. My most recent achievement was coming 8th at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year. 
What is your next major competition?
My next major competition will be the World Championships in Beijing 2015.
How do you find coaching in comparison to competing?
I am not only a javelin coach but also a sprints coach. In 2014 I coached the UK number 1 and number 3 ranked athletes in the U20 age category and I coach the British Deaf Record Holder, who is also my sister, Colette Doran. Colette finished 6th in the 2013 Deaflympics.
In addition I coach Paralymic Silver (T37-200m) and (T37-4x100m relay) bronze medallist, Bethany Woodward, who also finished with a bronze in the 400m at this years IPC European Championships.
Being a coach and an athlete are very similar. You have to have the same mindset of wanting to win and you must want to be the best. What you have to consider as a coach is the different personalities each individual has and you need to know how to manage them during training and competition as well as how to approach them when things are going badly. At the end of competition an athlete and coach need to sit down and think about what they could or should have done differently and where improvements can be made. No matter what people say, everybody can always improve in whatever they are doing.
So being an athlete is very similar to being a coach as you still have the expectation and the pressures which you both have to manage. 
What role did Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy and Medical provisions have in your career
I can’t stress how important sports therapy has been to me and to every elite sportsperson around! Your body needs to work efficiently and I’ve kept on top of this is by seeing someone regularly to keep me in tip top condition so I can compete at the highest level! Without this then I don’t believe I would be where I am today.
What role did strength and conditioning play in your career
In all sports you need to be conditioned and with javelin you need to be particularly strong and explosiv, soLee+Doran+20th+Commonwealth+Games+Athletics+dfzhzq3Pq8al having the right person planning your training is ideal. Your strength and conditioning should be planned to help you to be more efficient in your pattern and renage of movement as well as being specific to what you want to achieve, i.e. there is no point in me going to the gym and doing 3×20 repeititions as this isn’t specific to my event. Strength andconditioning is so important to help reduce the risk of injury and to achieve what you require in your sport or event.
Lee Doran

Lee Doran - World Class Javelin Thrower