PAS Lovell Rugby Interview Part 2- Darren Campbell MBE
After Monday’s First part of our exclusive Interview with PAS Co Founders Jon Williams, Lovell Rugby can today show you the second part of the interview with Darren Campbell (MBE).
Darren’s aim following retirement was to maintain involvement in professional sport, to be able to help other athletes achieve their goals, the sprint training consultancy that he provides to football and rugby players (Andy Johnson and Mark Cueto to name just two) and his role with PAS fulfils this ambition.
Darren’s main priority was to ensure the products were safe for all drug tested athletes, since day one all products have been batch screened at HFL to ensure they contain no banned substances. We have been actively involved with HFL and the development of the Informed Sport testing protocol and are fully committed to its widespread application in professional sport. His personel achievements include
- 100m in 10.04, Hungary, 1998
- 200m in 20.13, Australia 2000
- 1997 – 1st European Champs
- 1998 – 1st Commonwealth Games
- 1999 – Silver at Sydney Olympics
- 2000 – European Cup – 1st
- 2004 – Gold at Athens Olympics 4x100m relay
- 2006 – European Champs – 1st (relay)
Can you tell me how PAS Was Founded?
Pro Athlete Supplementation was formed as a result of a successful winning partnership between Jon Williams and myself. Jon was responsible for my nutrition during the last 10 years of his career where he amassed his gold and silver medals. At the time when I was close to retirement Jon suggested that we form a company to develop the most effective sports nutrition products for professional athletes, football and rugby players. Hence PAS was formed. Working within professional sport over the last ten years Jon always wanted a better option to give athletes, explains Darren. When you are there with the athlete and the drug testers turn up you want to know 100% that the products they are taking are free from contamination. At one point everyone just avoided products that were on the banned list, no one thought products that we could buy off the shelf could be a problem, I was lucky Jon looked after me to ensure we worked with good companies, however Jon said that the only way we can fully guarantee is if we make the products ourselves. Today we source the raw materials, we blend the product in our clean room and we test every batch with HFL. Now we can have total confidence in saying our product is safe.
What Makes PAS Different From Other Companies?
Our Products are field tested on proffessional athletes. Meaning they are aimed at a Sport specific athletes in Rugby, Football and Athletics etc…
Our Products are aimed at helping the athlete achieve their maximum potential with their training and sports.
How Important Were Supplements and Nutrition In Your Regime?
It was not untill I started working with Jon until I realised how important the right supplements and nutrition were to my training. As soon as we addressed this I could feel and the benefits in my training and when competing.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Players/Athletes?
The main advice I would give is to listen to the advice they are given. The mistake I made younger in my career was not taking in all the advice I was given. Also another key point for young aspiring players Is to focuss on becoming the most proffessional they can be in everything. Whether this be your training, nutrition or supplements. They should leave no stone unturened in the aim to become better and always work on their weaknesses. This will help players/athletes also prolong their career. Proffessional careers and recreational players can extend their playing time by looking after themselves from a younger age. Furthermore I would give young players the advice not to focuss on money when choosing clubs etc.. Instead they should think about what is best for their career, the rest will fall into place if your successfull in your sport.
How Important Do You Feel That Speed Has Become in Rugby in the Modern game, in all positions?
Obvously Rugby has totaly changed in the last 10 plus years in terms of conditioning and general play. In The old days the only quick players were wingers and centres. Now from number 1-15 on the field there a lot more quicker and more powerfull players. As the game has got quicker players have had to adapt with this and become quicker. I have been lucky enough to coach and work with Jonah Lomu, Matt Tait, Mark Cueto and the Cardiff Blues squad. When I’m working with these players, the aim is not to try and make them olympic athletes but teach them the principles of speed. This will allow them in their own training to think about their own technique. Mark Cueto is a great example when I first worked with him he was currently out of the England squad. He was obvously a fantastic player but was struggling massively with Hamstring injuries. We worked very closely on his technique and he has now overcome those injuries to become a regualr in the England team again. Again it is helping players reach their maximal ability and helping them become as quick as possible is a big part of this.