Bouwmeester to Rio without UK coach
NIEUWEGEIN _ Marit Bouwmeester, Laser radial silver medalist at the London Olympics, starts her quest for the 2016 Rio Olympics this month, but without Mark Littlejohn her English coach of 7 years.
Bouwmeester says she respects Littlejohn’s decision and speaks of more elbow room in plotting a course to Olympic and other medals in the years ahead. Littlejohn joined the Dutch sailing federation in 2004. He developed a strong youth training program. Says Bouwmeester: “We worked together for 7 years, very intensively in the last 4. I’m very grateful to Mark for what we achieved.”
Bouwmeester says she wants to handle her “own campaign and work with different Laser experts familiar with the little-wind conditions we can expect in Rio.” She will use several coaches between now and the 2014 world championships. After that, she’ll have a dedicated coach who’ll take her to Rio. Head coach Ian Ainslie: “It’s impressive to see how driven (Bouwmeester) already is to grow and develop en route to Rio.”