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A unique, behind the scenes, journal following coach Toni Minichiello and Jess Ennis-Hill with the team on their road to Rio 2016
A unique, behind the scenes, journal following coach Toni Minichiello and Jess Ennis-Hill with the team on their road to Rio 2016
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Taking the Coach to Rio: The Glorious Book of the Blog

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At the beginning of 2016 I approached Toni Minichiello to see how he felt about me writing a daily blog following him, Jessica Ennis-Hill and the rest of the team on their road to the Rio Olympics. My only (other) request was that the blog was 'warts and all'.

To my surprise and delight Toni agreed. After a few false starts and with some help from my friends (big shout out to Mark Perkins) www.coachtorio.com  was born.

After multiple enquiries from people reading the blog that went along the lines of - "when's the book coming out?" Toni, Mark and I had a chat and agreed that a beautiful coffee table book capturing every day of the final months plus the experiences at Rio itself would be an amazing memento. For Toni, Jess and anyone that is interested!

We don't have a publishing deal (or anything close) so we've scrounged support from friends to get the blog this far.  The Kickstarter campaign will fund the design and printing of the book. Much of the content is ready (although we'll add some previously unseen photos), although we don't know any more than you as to how the story ends. That's what makes it exciting!

Please pledge and help this book come to life!

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Our one and only real challenge is that we don't sell enough books to fund the design and printing

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    Postcards from Rio

    Four postcards, with photos courtesy of Toni, featuring behind the scenes action at Rio.

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    Coach to Rio Tee-Shirt

    As well as the postcards you'll get the highly sought after Coach to Rio tee-shirt. Fashion is temporary, class is permanent.

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    The Book!

    The real deal! A gorgeous, hardback coffee table book for you keep as a memento of Toni and Jess' road to Rio. Includes all the blog content plus previously unseen photos and quotes.

    We'll also include the postcards plus a few new ones.

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    Last Day Podium Special!

    After repeated requests Toni's agreed for five more copies of the book, signed by Toni and Jess to be made available.

    And you'll get the postcards!

    N.B. No tee-shirt included

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    The Bronze Award

    A special, limited edition of the book signed by Toni and Jess with a personalised message from Toni.

    You'll also get the Coach to Rio tee-shirt and the postcards.

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    The Silver Award

    As well as personalised, a signed copy of the book and all the other goodies Toni will phone you to say thanks!

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    Gold, Gold, Gold

    As well as a personalised, signed version of the book and other goodies you and only nine others get a guided tour of the English Institute of Sport by Toni and meet some of the team. At the end of the tour there will be plenty of time for a chatting and photos with a book presentation. We'll lay on a light lunch and if you're feeling strong, bring your kit and Toni will even coach you!

    N.B. All travel costs to be met by the pledger.

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