The move is designed to improve his prospects at the 2012 London Olympics, although Gillick admits it was a difficult decision. “It’s not really a direct result of the way the summer ended,” says Gillick, who ran three sub-45 second 400 metres this summer, but was disappointed by his sixth place finish at the European Championships. “I was very happy with Nick Dakin as my coach at Loughborough and the progress I made under him for the last four years, but at the same time I felt maybe I needed a change, to freshen things up, and make sure again that I leave no stone unturned in the build-up to London.
“I looked at several coaches, at all avenues, did up a checklist, and Lance Brauman really ticks all the boxes. I’ve talked with him a few times now and once he expressed his interest, and saw the potential in me, it became the best move. It’s a great training group, in an excellent training environment, and a massive opportunity, really, for me to better myself.”
Extract from IanO’Riordan article Irish Times