Decathlete, Martin Brockman
Martin Brockman, the JWCT’s first grant recipient, is a
decathlete from Maidstone, Kent and a member of Medway & Maidstone
Athletics Club. Decathlon is a multi-discipline event which
consists of the 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400
metres, 110 metre hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500
metres, and involves extensive training and high equipment costs.
The JWCT contributed an additional £1,000 sponsorship to Martin
to help him build on his successes as funding has been difficult to
find despite him winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games 2010,
though he has continued funding from a Kent law firm and from the
National Lottery. The Commonwealth Games has opened a few doors for
Martin this year – he has been training with some of the top coaches
in the UK doing some hurdles with sprint athlete Andy Turner’s
coach, javelin with Mick Hill, and working with Dan Pfaff who is
widely recognised as one of the world’s best athletics coaches.
Martin will also be able to compete in some higher level
competitions around Europe which means better weather, better tracks
and a higher level of competition. He has competitions planned in
Desenzano Del Garde, Italy, the National Championships in Bedford,
UK, and is hoping to be selected for the European Cup of Combined
Martin has been awarded another grant of £1,000 by the JWCT to
help him in his continued efforts to become a world-class
decathlete. Martin is pushing for a score of over 7,500 points which
would give him a place on the Great Britain team in the Commonwealth
Games 2010 in Delhi, India.
Following a confidence-boosting effort in the National Decathlon
Championships in Bedford in June 2010 where he came fifth despite
injury, he is seeking a good score in his next competition at the
South of England Championships.
Martin has been awarded a third grant of £1,000 by the JWCT to
help him continue his success. Martin over the last year improved
from 6,500 points to 7,000 points making him the tenth ranked
decathlete and the third ranked under-23 in the UK.
The Willson Family have been particularly pleased how Martin has
been able to inspire other young people through his coaching. Tricia
Willson, Jeremy’s mother presented the cheque to Martin on 24 May
2009, stating “Jeremy would be really pleased to see how his charity
has helped such a hard-working and enthusiastic young athlete
achieve his ambitions”.
The JWCT has awarded further funding of £1,000 to Martin
Brockman, a promising young decathlete with Medway & Maidstone
Martin said “since receiving funding from the JWCT a year ago, I
have had great success in both competition and in coaching. The
money has allowed me to purchase essential equipment necessary for
my training. So far I have used the money to purchase a number of
event specific shoes, including sprinting, jumping, high jumping,
throws and middle distance shoes, as well as two pairs of trainers.
As well as this I have also purchased my own discus and shot to
added that his performance this year following second places at the
South of England Championships held in Bedford and the Kent
Multi-Event Championships held at Erith Stadium “has given me great
confidence for the forthcoming 2008 season and I hope to go back to
the Kent Championships and not only win but break the championship
record which stands at over 6,800 points.”
Martin was presented with a cheque for £1,000 by Jeremy’s twin
brother Matthew at the Julie Rose Stadium at Ashford, Kent during a
junior athletics match at which he was officiating.
Martin is a promising high-jumper and decathlete and is keen to
improve his performances. He has made the decision to train
full-time rather than go onto further education. The grant will
contribute towards Martin’s equipment, training and travelling
expenses to events during the next year. He has also committed
himself to assisting with the coaching of other young athletes.