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Newbury Athletic Club specialist hurdles coach and competition official, Paul Trincas, has been selected to be part of the athletics team at the Commonwealth Games that started on July 28 in Birmingham.

Trincas, a national sprint hurdles finalist and medallist in his younger days, will be part of the athletics team stationed at the newly revamped Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, where the athletics events will start on August 2.

Trincas will work alongside the world’s top athletes, coaches and technical officials and will also be involved with the para-athletes.

Paul Trincas
Paul Trincas

His involvement at the Commonwealths, one of the top three athletics competitions in the world, is the culmination of years of hard work.

The Newbury AC man will now have worked on all three of those major competitions, having served in the Olympic Stadium at London 2012 and at the World Athletics Championships in 2017.

Trincas was selected from over 25,000 applicants to be part of the team that will officiate at the Games.

“Having been involved in London 2012 and the World Athletics Championships in 2017, I thought that was enough at my age, and I wasn’t going to apply for the Commonwealth Games," Trincas said.

"However, one day, my wife said to me 'You might as well apply, because at your age, it’s unlikely you’ll have another chance to be involved with another major world athletics competition in your lifetime.'"

"So true she was, and that was the comment and catalyst which persuaded me to apply.”

Having applied to be involved back in June 2021, Trincas was then shortlisted for interview in October 2021, and was then pleased to be subsequently offered the role within the athletics team In March 2022.

He has been involved with numerous training events in the lead up to the Games and is now raring to go as he prepares to complete his hat-trick of world events in Birmingham next month.

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