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john herbert

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During his career in athletics Herbert also competed in the sport of bobsleigh. He competed in the four-man bobsleigh event at the 1994 Winter Olympics (finishing in eighth place), having previously competed as a triple jumper at the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics when he finished 10th and the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics.

Herbert served as an athletics coach for the jumping events at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Summer Olympics for Great Britain. He was coach to Olympic silver medallist until 2008 and coached Jade Johnson until 2012.

Herbert was able to transfer his success in athletics into coaching. He is currently National Event coach for Jumps; he was also Great Britain U23 team manager until 2011. As a coach, John has mentored many outstanding British athletes including Phillips Idowu whom he coached from 1998 to 2008.

Herbert has worked for a multitude of media organisations including creative departments at the BBC and as Creative Director at Meridian Broadcasting, part of ITV Network. He now divides his time between philanthropic works and athletics coaching. Herbert is CEO of the London Coaching Foundation London Coaching Foundatationand co-founder of the Cre8 Life Style Centre, a London 2012 social enterprise based in Hackney Wick, London. 

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