STOKES Stuart < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 05 Dec 1976 in Bolton, ENG
Height1.71 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Son Harrison and daughter Leah.
Residence Manchester, ENG
Occupation Teacher
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Sale Harriers: Manchester, ENG
Name of coach David Stokes, Charles Van Commenee [national]
Training Regime He starts training at 4:30 in the morning.
General Interest
Hero / Idol Lance Armstrong. (England CWG Handbook Guide, 2010)
Injuries He missed out on the 2010 European Championships due to injury. (runnerstribe.com, 14 Aug 2010)
Other sports He took a break from athletics after missing out on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, turning his attention to Ironman Triathlon training. (menmedia.co.uk, 04 Jul 2012)
Other information HIS STANCE AGAINST UK ATHLETICS
The terms of the UK Sport funding agreement with UK Athletics [between 2005 and 2009], which covered the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, required that the number of British finalists be increased as a percentage of the whole team. Despite winning the 2008 Olympic trials and achieving the minimum qualifying standards, a number of British athletes were prevented from competing. The cause of this is based on the lack of funding for all the sports that underperformed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and that have underperformed overall - as steeplechase has been viewed as an "up and down event". (youtube.com, 22 Jun 2009; 18 Jul 2006)

At the 2009 European Cup, Stokes spoke on behalf of all the athletes that were deemed unlikely to win a medal and therefore missed out on the Games: "It's been an honour to run for my country today ... I'm in no way representing UK Athletics or their policy in running for my country. A lot of guys were omitted from the Olympic Games [Beijing 2008] through unfortunate circumstances ... we got a bit disheartened with the sport, and a lot of people have left, certainly [sic] in the steeplechase event, hence why I've been called up today." (youtube.com, 22 Jun 2009)