Double Olympian Pole Voulter, Nick Buckfield
Nick will be offering you Personal Training and Sports Massage services.
Nick has been a full-time professional athlete for over 20 years and loved sport even before that. As a boy he played for Crystal Palace schoolboys and was a county judo player. He took up the pole vault at the age of 15 and by 22 he had broken the 14-year British pole vault record. The following year Nick broke the indoor pole vault record that had stood for 17 years. Nick holds the 17-year records for both indoor and outdoor records at 5.81 metres He was the first British vaulter to jump over 19ft (5.80m) and holds the record for the best British performance at a World Championship (5th place at Athens in 1997). Nick's career has also taken him to three Commonwealth Games, where he achieved 4th place in both 2002 and 2006; three European Championships and five World Championships. Plus, he has been a double Olympian in 1996 and 2004. After fracturing his pelvis in the 1998 European Championships, Nick was impelled to take up sports massage therapy and is now a qualified sports massage therapist. He is also a Level 4 athletics coach, and a multi-skills and athletic coach for primary schools. He 'relaxes' by reading, fishing and just messing around with his children.
He Took triathlon up 3 years ago for fun and decided this year to train and complete his first IRONMAN!!!
He has run the UK and England athletics sports specific strength and conditioning workshops for the last two years; he also coaches GB internationals in pole vault.