Performance Coach

John Herbert joined the BBSA as Performance Coach during the 2019/20 season.
A former athlete and bobsledder, John is one of only a handful of sportsmen or women to have represented Great Britain at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
A four-time Olympian in all, John competed in the triple jump at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Games in Los Angeles and Seoul respectively, before experiencing the winter version of sport’s greatest showpiece via the 4-man bobsleigh in Lillehammer in 1994. His fourth Games came in Athens in 2004 during his time as Lead Jumps Coach with British Athletics.
His stellar athletics career saw him win Commonwealth Gold in the triple jump in Edinburgh in 1986, a year after he claimed the European Cup crown in Moscow, while his time in bobsleigh saw him place eighth from a field of 30 sleds alongside Sean Olsson, Dean Ward and Paul Field at the ’94 Olympics as he became Great Britain's first Summer / Winter Olympian.
John’s coaching career has featured successful roles as Lead Jumps Coach for England Athletics at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and Melbourne in 2006. He was National Long Jump Coach with UK Athletics between 2008 and 2012 and was Team Leader for Great Britain at the European U23’s in Ostrava in 2011. In that time period he also worked closely with a number of established stars and up and coming athletes across a number of different sports.
In addition to his role with the BBSA, John currently works as a Performance Coach in athletics and as Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Fighting Fit Fencing Club, developing both senior and youth elite-level fencers in the lead up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.