EILIDH Child has poured cold water on the depiction of UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee as a hard-nosed task master after earning selection for the World Championships.
Never shy in voicing his opinions several British athletes have felt the force of van Commenee policies, but Eilidh insists her close relationship with the Dutchman ensured she never really doubted her trip to Daegu.
The Kinross athlete, who won Commonwealth 400m hurdles silver last year, got the nod to head out to South Korea later this month despite only having secured the B qualification standard.
But Eilidh has revealed her relationship with the head coach couldn’t be better, and now her spot is secure, the 24-year-old is desperate to lay down a London 2012 Olympic marker in the Far East.
“I chat to Charles quite a lot when I am at competitions and I get on quite well with him,” she said.
“I like to think our relationship would have meant that he would have given me a heads up if he thought that I needed to definitely get the A standard or that I might have not been picked.
“I was quietly confident that Charles would have spoken to me or my coach to let me know if I needed to get my finger out.
“I haven’t run the A standard but I am feeling confident that I have got some fast times in me for the World Championships.
“I have come out of races this year being disappointed with how things had gone and how I have run and still been pleased with the times.
“So I know I have more to offer and hopefully being surrounded by a lot of good athletes in Daegu will help me run quickly.”
After putting her career as a PE teacher at Perth Grammar School on hold, Eilidh is now concentrating full-time in her preparation for London 2012 – working with two-time former world champion hurdler Colin Jackson’s coach Malcolm Arnold.
“I am really enjoying being under Malcolm and I have done a lot of different stuff in my training since I joined him in November,” she said.
“I am trying lots of different things and running races in different ways and it is really improving the way I run and that bodes well for South Korea and for London 2012.”
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