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Our Organisation

Participation - Potential - Performance


Sonya Ellis

Founder & Head Coach

Sonya is the Director of Coaching and Founder of South West Athletics Academy. Athletics is her passion and she has a core fundamental belief in inclusiveness as a core value of the academy.
Sonya has been involved in athletics for over 45 years first as a junior athlete and then reaching regional level. When competing she also became an assistant coach and team manager. Since then she has thrown herself into coaching, team managing and becoming a mentor for many developing athletes and coaches. She is also a qualified athletics official as a starter and starters assistant.

Sonya is a very highly qualified coach and was part of England Athletics National Coach Mentor Programme. She is qualified in the following events:

Level 4 combined events Coach (sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump, middle distance, shot, discus, javelin and pole vault)

Level 3 in middle distance and

level 2 for all events (sprints and hurdles, jumps, throws, middle distance and working with children).

Additional training awards in :

Wheelchair racing

Guide running

She also has an NVQ 3 in Caring for Children and Young People.

Level 2 official - Starter and Starters Assistant

She takes huge personal satisfaction from seeing athletes develop and grow in confidence and this has led to her developing the pathway core values of the academy which are:

Participation, Potential and Performance.

Events attended / Roles 

2012 Gamesmaker - Athlete Steward at London 2012 Olympics

2012 Gamesmaker - Athlete Steward at London 2012 Paralympics

2008-2017 Lead Team manager Team South West - UK School Games

2009-2023 Head Coach - Exeter University Athletics Club

2017 Athlete Steward Leader World Athletics Champs - London

2017 Athlete Steward Leader World Athletics Para Champs - London

1985 - current day Devon Women's T&F Team Manager 

1995- current day Devon Mens T&F Team Manger

1990-2015 Head Sprints and combined Events Coach - Exeter Harriers

2015-2022 - Head Sprints coach - Taunton AC

1990- current day - South West Regional Women's Team Manger

1990- current day - SW Team manager for London Mini Marathon

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Our Coaching and Volunteer Team

We have lots of people who come and join us to help deliver sessions from a range of ages and backgrounds. We often mentor and support students  and also parents to start their coching pathway. We also have a number of helpers and some with disabilities or additional needs and our policy of being inclusive flows throughout our organisation. If you would like to be part of our team please contact Sonya 

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