UK Athletics has announced that Paula Dunn has been appointed interim Head Coach and will lead the Performance programme through the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Dunn, who transitioned out of the Paralympic Head Coach role at the start of 2022 assuming the role of Team Leader for major athletics championships that year, will return to UKA this month following the departure of Stephen Maguire.

“Paula has a huge amount of experience in leading athletics and her track record in performance means she is the best person to oversee the Performance programme towards Paris. 2024 is a very important year for the sport with a home World Indoor Championships, a Para World Championships, European Championships as well as the Olympics and Paralympics. She is coming in at a critical time for the performance team, but her knowledge and experience will make a huge impact.”

Paula Dunn commented:

“I’m looking forward to working with the performance staff and athletes once more at this incredibly important time for the GB & NI team. The results from Paris and Budapest this summer were excellent, and I want to ensure we keep providing world-class support in the approach to Paris and help every athlete perform at their very best. There isn’t a moment to lose, and I am excited to rejoin UKA and help the team to succeed.”